Fruits are the best snacks for anyone who wants to eat healthy, real food full of natural carbohydrates and feel full without consuming empty calories. Fruits provide us with the best form of natural sugars, so they are good for a snack if you are feeling low on energy or if you are an active person. But all fruits are not created equal, and there are some that are better than others for their low carb content and also for their antioxidant content and nutrients.
I try to make every snack, I eat during the day center around vegetables or fruits. I usually try to include a little protein and fat in my snacks so they have some staying power, but the bulk of the mini-meal is a vegetable or fruit. Carrot sticks and hummus, apple slices and peanut butter.
Here’s a list of the super fruits – or in other words – the best fruits that you could snack on.
- Berries: Blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries.
- Cherries – Cherries are similar to berries in terms of their antioxidant value
- Apples and Pears – They’re low in sugar and contain a respectable amount of fiber.
- Grapefruit – Most citrus fruits are quite high in sugar, but grapefruits are not.
- Apricots and Peaches – With similar nutritional value as apples and pears, these stone fruits are a smart way to get a good dose of vitamin C and fiber.
- Bananas – Easily available all through the year, filling, nutritionally dense
- Grapes – Again, easy to find throughout the year, take our pick from green, black and red grapes. Grapes are a good fruit during flu season to help build immunity and also power pack those nutrients.
Snack on, and snack smart. Whatever your aim, be it energy or weight loss, there is a fruit for you to fill you up, to feed your skin, and to take care of your hunger pangs. Choose your fruits wisely and you will be healthy and happy.
Not only does this habit go a long way toward getting my daily allowance of fruits and vegetables, it also seems to whet my appetite for healthy foods, so that I’m more likely to keep eating well throughout the day — sort of the way eating a piece of cake as a midday snack seems to make me crave cake as a bedtime snack too.
It’s a small change, but it’s easy to follow and always has me feeling and eating better in no time.
Are there any simple, daily changes that have helped you to eat healthier?