While the sun is out, most of us are not in the mood for big, heavy meals. Instead, snacking takes over and rather than reaching for unhealthy sweets, you can have the same refreshing sweetness from a whole range of seasonal summer fruits.
Choosing fruit is not only better for your health, it can actually help you to push harder and faster in your training.
Here are just four summer fruits to boost your workout this season:
Strawberries are the most popular, quintessential summer fruit. As they’re in season they’re super tasty and extra ripe throughout summer and they have plenty of great nutritional benefits. Strawberries are packed with vitamin C and phenolic compounds, which are rich in antioxidants. A few strawberries a day can help to clear your system of free radicals which are generated during exercise, enabling better and more efficient recovery capabilities.
Watermelons are one of the most sugary fruits out there but as the name suggests, it is nearly 99% water. Eating a portion or two can help to keep you filled up. What’s more, watermelon rind is rich in citrulline, which has been said to positively impact on high intensity performance and can help to reduce muscle soreness. If you don’t want to eat the whole rind then eat as closely to the rind as you can and you may up your citrulline levels.
Kiwis are packed full of vitamins, minerals and nutrients. They are a great source of vitamin K, some B vitamins, iron and also calcium. They also contain 100% of the recommended daily value of vitamin C. There is even research which suggests kiwis can help to boost sleep quality and so they are both a great snack post-workout and a great snack before bed.
Nectarines have all the natural sweetness of peaches without all the fuzz. They have high levels of vitamin C and polyphenolic antioxidants. The antioxidants have been found to have anti-obesity, anti-diabetic and anti-inflammatory properties. Nectarines taste great and can be enjoyed as a snack or added to fruit salads or even used to create sauces.
Any excuse to add extra fruit and veg to your diet is a good one. With these fresh summery flavours you can get that sweet hit your craving and a boost to your overall nutrition.
The image had me salivating. I often have strawberries in but not these other fruits. Strawberries, grapes and walnuts are my usual after workout snack but maybe I could add in another of these fruits too.
I think I would feel a bit undernourished if this was all I had after a workout, but it would definitely do for starters!
I love the look of these - so healthy, but I would also stick some pineapple on there, and no no no to chocolate dip - that spoils the whole fresh appeal of these!
I think the strawberries have now been and gone - but they were delicious while they were around! I've got my eye on the blackberries which are nearly ready, and have the bonus of being free.
I am tempted to include a pot of melted chocolate with these fruit kebabs. It would rather a nice dinner party dip.
We have a few weeks of eating masses of strawberries (literally everyday) when they're in season in our local fruit and veg shop, then we don't tend to eat many at all. We really try to eat seasonably, and it means we really make the most of the summer fruits.