Whether you’re after a healthy snack or an immune boost, humble fruit has you covered. But with such a huge variety, which fruit should you be snacking on? Let’s suss out some of the healthiest fruits around.
There’s a reason why grapefruit is a staple breakfast food around the world. It’s a healthy citrus fruit packed with essential vitamins and minerals. Grapefruit is particularly high in vitamins A, C and E, all of which help to keep your immune system in check. Studies have also shown that grapefruit may help in lowering insulin resistance, regulating cholesterol levels and preventing kidney stones.
How to eat it: Slice it up or cut it in half and eat with a spoon. If you don’t have time to munch, you can sip it too. Juice some nourishing grapefruit and drink it throughout the day to stay hydrated. If it’s too bitter, top with a natural sweetener like honey.
When it comes to super fruits, blueberries are serious contenders. This powerful fruit is filled with fibre, vitamins C, K and manganese. What makes blueberries special though, is that it’s packed with antioxidants which play an important role in lowering your risk of viral infections and heart disease.
How to eat it: Eat them fresh or frozen, in handfuls. You could also bake them into healthy muffins and breads or sprinkle them on your yoghurt at breakfast.
The saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away” is there for a reason. They are loaded with Vitamin C, potassium and lots of fibre. They also have B vitamins which prevent infections, boosts brain health and gives you energy. Pectin, a compound found in the skin, helps keep your tummy healthy.
How to eat it: Enjoy sliced apples with peanut butter spread. You could also eat them roasted as a dessert on a chilly day or add a few slices to your muesli at breakfast. Fresh, whole apples make an easily portable snack.
Unlike most fruits, it’s the sweet seeds of the fruit that is eaten, since the outer part of the fruit is inedible. Pomegranate is lauded for its nutritional benefits which include powerful anti-inflammatory properties and high levels of antioxidants. Furthermore, studies have shown that it may lower blood pressure levels over time.
How to eat it: Cut the fruit down the middle. Hold it over a bowl and firmly hit the pomegranate skin with the back of a wooden spoon. Fill the bowl with water to separate the seeds from each other. Strain the seeds. You can eat them as is, sprinkled over salads or even in rice or couscous for a sweet bite.
While most fruit is high in sugar, nutritious avocado is packed with healthy fats. These healthy fats help you stay fuller for longer, reduce inflammation in the body and promote heart health. Avos also contain lots of fibre, and potassium which can keep your blood pressure in a healthy range.
How to eat it: Spread it on toast or eat it sliced with sprinkles of salt and pepper. You can also add it to salads, or have it grilled with squeezed lemon juice and seasoning.