A well stocked kitchen is important. Sometimes we’ll choose to pick up snacks that are packaged because they seem easier, but those are more likely to have bad sugars, lots of sodium and are high in calories. It’s true, some fruit can be a little intimidating (like pineapples) and others a little time consuming to cut (like a watermelon). And if you don’t have ninja knife skills you’re most likely going to need to set aside some time to cut up your fruit and store them in your fridge. So we can see why those would be avoided while strolling through the grocery aisles for snack ideas. But, not all fruit is like this. There are tons of fruit options that are great for snacking and on the gone.
- Apples: From Fuji, Granny Smith, Gala or Snow White’s not so favorite, Red Delicious, these are one fruit your grocery store or local farmer’s market will always have plenty of. If you like sweet or sour you have a perfect snack option and can throw it in your bag when you’re on the go. Enjoy with some peanut butter or almond butter, or throw them in a salad. They’re rich in antioxidants and fiber. Who knows, maybe that saying is true, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”
- Blueberries: There’s no hassle; no peeling, no chopping and so easy to pop in your mouth. They’re the perfect topping to a smoothie bowl, yogurt, or even a fruity addition to a cocktail. There are countless health benefits to eating blueberries some of which include lowering blood pressure, maintaining healthy bones, preventing cancer, and fighting wrinkles.
- Oranges: Juicy and delicious. Peel them, slice them, or fresh squeeze them. You can even use the zest and juice while cooking. They’ll add a nice citrus flavor to your dish. They’re a great source of Vitamin C, fiber and help protect our bodies against cardiovascular disease.
- Strawberries: Another berry that’s very easy to snack on and easy to find at your local grocery store. They’re also great in salads, on top of yogurt and smoothie bowls, and with a little whipped cream (for those cheat day snacks… we won’t tell). They boost your immunity, reduce inflammation, fight bad cholesterol and regulate blood pressure all in that perfectly red and delicious berry.
- Cucumbers: You probably forgot that this was as fruit, but it is. They’re easy to peel and chop and such a delicious addition to your drinking water with lemon. They keep you hydrated, flush out toxins, are amazing for your skin, and even help manage stress. They’re great in smoothies or salads or even with lemon juice drizzled on them as a midday snack. They even help keep your breath fresh, who knew?!