Whether you are trying to lose a few pounds or trying to maintain your weight, chances are you will snack on something while in between meals.
That said, instead of reaching for some high calorie food like chips, cookies, or donuts, reach for a healthy low calorie food like fruit.
Here are the 5 best fruits that you can easily grab and stuff in your lunch box, purse, book bag, or in the glove compartment of your car (however, don’t forget it’s there-lol) for a healthy snack.
No more worries about not having a refrigerator or microwave on hand when you need a quick bite to eat. Besides, these 5 fruits are not only great to eat, but they provide many health benefits that your body needs!
Apples are by far one of the best on-the-go fruits and they are simply perfect for snacking. Because this low calorie food is a good source of fiber, apples can help ward off hunger pangs by making you feel full until it’s time to eat at your next meal.
Also, apples can decrease the risk of diabetes, they improve your immune system, and they detoxify your liver.
Therefore, be sure to incorporate apples as part of your regular diet to get the great health benefits of apples.
A medium size apple is about 95 calories and has a dietary fiber of 4.4 grams.
Protected by the skin, this “pre-packaged” fruit is not only a good source of fiber too, but bananas are one of the best sources of potassium to help lower high blood pressure. Another health benefit of bananas is that they are a great source of energy.
So, the next time you feel sluggish or need that extra push to exercise, grab a banana!
With more than five times the Vitamin A and iron than apples, maybe you should eat “a banana a day.”
Add it to your oatmeal, bran cereal, or make a banana smoothie as a quick meal replacement, snack, or a dessert! A medium banana is about 105 calories and has a dietary fiber of 3.1 grams.
Also, oranges can help to prevent cancer like breast, skin, lung, colon and liver cancer due to the rich citrus limonoids and they can help to prevent liver disease.
What’s more, antioxidant beta-carotene in oranges protects the skin from free radicals, from being damaged, and it thwarts the sign of aging. On top of that, the magnesium found in oranges helps to maintain blood pressure.
There are many more health benefits from this awesome low calorie food! A large orange is 87 calories with about 4.3 grams of fiber.
When was the last time you ate a pear?
Pears are another great on-the-go fruit and it is also a good source of fiber. However, in order to get the most health benefits of pears (like the fiber), you would need to eat the skin.
Did you also know that pears can help protect you from colon cancer and can reduce the risk of breast cancer in post menopausal women?
Considered a “safe fruit” because it is hypoallergenic, pears are usually one of the first fruits introduced to infants.
As a low calorie food, try adding more pears to your diet. You can eat them as a healthy snack, but you can also have them as a sweet dessert too like roasted pears drizzled with a bit of caramel sauce.
A medium pear is about 96 calories and has a dietary fiber of 6 grams.
Containing 113 mg of potassium, I bet you didn’t know that plums can help manage your blood pressure. Also, I bet you didn’t know that this sweet low calorie food is a good source of Vitamin A and C and it is great to help your body absorb iron.
When plums are dried (known as prunes), they are fantastic to help aid in bowel movement and studies have shown that they can help improve bone density for post menopausal women; particularly in the spine to help in the prevention of osteoporosis.
Accordingly, if you are a woman, be sure to strength train with weights to fight against bone density loss and don’t forget to eat your prunes!
This low calorie food is only 30 calories with about .09 grams of fiber.
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