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 vitamins and minerals that helps with weight loss. Grapefruit is particularly high in vitamins A, C and E - all of which helps keep your immune system in check. Studies have shown that grapefruit can even help reduce insulin resistance, lower cholesterol levels and prevent 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 lowers 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.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away for a reason. They’re one of the most popular fruits around and promote health as they contain Vitamin C, potassium and lots of fibre. They also have B vitamins which prevent infections, boosts brain health and gives you energy.
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, the sweet seeds of the pomegranate fruits are what are usually eaten. The outer part of the fruit is inedible. Pomegranate is lauded for its nutritional benefits as it has 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 carbs; nutritious avocado is packed with healthy fats. These healthy fats help you stay fuller for longer, reduces inflammation in the body and promotes heart health. Avos also contain lots of fibre, and potassium which can help lower blood pressure.
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 grill avo with squeezed lemon juice and seasoning.