Ah, Summer. The temperature heats up, the days seem endless, and the activities are plentiful – everything from biking to kayaking, swimming to tennis. While these activities are fun, they can often leave you feeling a bit zapped of energy. With the freshest of fresh fruit abundant (and naturally full of fiber), what better way is there to refuel after a day of fun in the sun?
Fruit, especially the ones sweetest in the summertime, gives you the energy and nutrients the body needs, helps to keep you cool & hydrated, and can aid in sun protection. As if those benefits weren’t enough, fruits are a naturally sweet treat (no added sugar needed!) and are perfect for adding fiber & flavor to smoothies, salads, and desserts. Helllooooo superfood!
While most fruits are available year-round, it’s best to eat fruits when they are in season. Why, you ask? Fruits in season are usually fresher, tastier, and more nutrient-dense. Rather than being picked early, seasonal fruits can ripen naturally, meaning they have more exposure to the sun, and in turn have higher levels of antioxidants. Plus, in-season fruits are usually at their best price – so both you and your wallet can stay lean 😊.
Here are 3 all-star fan-favorite summertime fruits, the secrets to what makes them power-houses, and how to pick them at peak ripeness.
With its gorgeous red hue and refreshing juicy taste, watermelon is the quintessential summer fruit. Family BBQs and summer hangouts aren’t complete without this delicious fruit, which has become an iconic part of the perfect cookout. While it isn’t the most fiber-rich fruit (only 1g), we recommend making a fruit salad with watermelon, berries, and kiwi to get an added fiber boost!
This tropical delicacy is sometimes known as the “King of Fruits” – in fact, in India, mangos are sacred and are a sign of love! (so be careful who you share one with 😉 ). Outside of their gorgeous coloring and sweet candy-like taste, mangoes are actually relatively low on the glycemic index, so moderate quantities helps support healthy blood sugar levels. A mango has 5g of fiber, so it’s the perfect partner to make a tropical 20/20 smoothie with!
Berries of any sort are an F-Factor favorite. However, a strawberry’s sweet taste plus the fact that they’re loaded with fiber makes them the super fruit of the summer in our (F-Factor Diet) book. There is truly nothing like fresh, ripe summertime strawberries. Funny enough, strawberries technically aren’t a fruit or a berry, since there are over 200 seeds per strawberry on the outside!
At the end of the (hot summer) day, whether you’re eating these fruits a la carte, in a smoothie, or in a cocktail, you’ll be getting tons of antioxidants, vitamins, and fiber! Now is the time to enjoy these specific fruits while they’re in season – so run, don’t walk, to the store, and stock up on F-Factor’s favorite fruits for summer!