Eat a fruit every time you have a growling stomach. It's the healthiest substitute for a snack as it is packed with nutrition and can actually boost your metabolism. There are the variety of fruits present throughout the year offering loads of nutrition packed in different flavors. Binging on fruits is especially helpful when you are trying to lose weight or are on a weight loss diet. Seasonal fruits then become an ideal in-between meal snacks. Fruits contain phytochemicals and antioxidants help fight free radicals and diseases in the body.
Regular consumption of fruits promote healthy heart health reducing the chances of cardiac problems, lower blood pressure and keeps cholesterol in check. The vitamins and mineral quality of fruits can't be replaced with supplements as it is a natural source and gets absorbed by the body easily. Summers offer a range of fruits which are full of taste, colour, and nutrition. Add 1-2 fruits in your diet and experience the change.
Some Summer Seasonal Fruits
Water Melon: Eating 100 gms would add just 20 calories to your diet. Though it is sweet but the high amount of water and fiber lessen the calories present in it. It is refreshing and reduces body temperature, blood pressure, inflammation and many other health conditions. It has the highest concentration of lycopene, a powerful antioxidant which improves heart health. It contains vitamin, A,C and B and minerals like potassium, calcium and is fat-free. Enjoy its juice or eat raw in salads.
Mangoes: 65 calories is what it provides for 100 gms. You could eat a small sized mango before a workout as it is high is carbohydrates but with a low glycemic index. vitamin A (beta-carotene), vitamin E, vitamin C and selenium along with phenolic compounds are present in mangoes. It is rich in minerals and has high anti-oxidation and anti-inflammatory properties. Check the portion control while eating mangoes for weight loss.
Jamun/Jambul: High in vitamins and minerals like iron, manganese, zinc, calcium, sodium and potassium. It contains antioxidants like Tannic acid, Gallic acid and oxalic acids along with alkaloids. It is beneficial for diabetics and eating 100 gms adds 60 calories approx.Read to know about wonder fruits for diabetics.
Musk Melon: Eating a cup of muskmelon will add 50-55 calories with lots of fiber and carbs for energy. It is rich in vitamin A, B, and C along with potassium, magnesium, and sodium. Improves constipation problem. It has anti-oxidation properties and improves metabolism.Read to know muskmelon is healthy for you!