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Instead of preparing your usual meals, try having a colorful bowl of fruits to start your day! Fruits have a lot of benefits aside from giving you a boost of vitamins and minerals. Fruits will help clear your head, aid in weight loss, and stimulate your digestive tract.
Here are some power-packed fruits to start your day:
Banana is popular among athletes and is often considered a good pre-workout food because of its mineral content and easy-to-digest carbs. It provides a quick energy boost and can help reduce muscle cramps and soreness. This yellow fruit is the perfect source of potassium and resistant starch—a healthy carbohydrate that keeps you feeling fuller longer.
Watermelon consists of 92% water, therefore an excellent way to hydrate in the morning. It contains a key detoxifying agent, glutathione, and is a source of lycopene which is good for vision, heart health, and cancer prevention aside from being a good source of vitamins A and C, which further aid in fighting free radicals.
Strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and cherries belong to this family. Berries are best known for its high antioxidant content and are considered superfruits. A cup of mixed berries, contains your recommended intake of Vitamin C in a day, along with high contents of folic acid and fiber. Studies suggest that blueberries may help improve memory, motor skills, regulate blood pressure and metabolism.
Grapefruit has good effect on blood sugar and insulin levels. It is also hydrating and filled with immunity-boosting antioxidants that one needs to fight sickness. Grapefruit belongs to the citrus family that has lower sugar content, so you can get energy without having a big dose of carbohydrates.
If you are trying to lose some weight, you should consume papaya in the morning. Papaya contains papain and chymopapain—enzymes that aid in digestion and fight constipation. It is also high in antioxidants that help in the production of collagen and counter skin damage.
Loaded with healthy fats and fiber, this fruit is a healthy breakfast choice usually paired with toast for the perfect crunch. Currently a food trend, this fruit is a good post-workout food that, as studies show, improves blood flow.
These fruits can also be enjoyed as a smoothie if you’re on the go, with a bowl of oats, cereal or yogurt as toppings since it adds natural sweetness and eliminates the need to add more sugar. All fruits are good for the body, but it is best eaten when it’s ripe to properly digest it and use it for energy.
Start with your fruit breakfast journey today!