Along with taking a good probiotic, getting enough daily fiber is important for your overall digestive health. Fiber helps your intestines run more efficiently and helps in the elimination of toxins.
Fruit is sweet and easy to eat when you are on the go. Eating several servings of fruit a day will ensure that you get your daily dose of fiber without chocking down fiber bars or other fiber products.
Listed below are my top five favorite healthy fruits and some fun fruit filled facts. I also dug up some of my recipes to help get you started.
*Caloric content was taken from the CalorieKing.
- One large apple contains 120 calories and 5.5 grams of fiber.
*Did you know; you can increase an apple’s fiber content by baking it?
Apples are easy to transport when you’re on the go. You can cut the slices ahead of time and smear them with almond or peanut butter. Chopped apples work great in cold salads, and you can add them to your morning cereal.
2. One medium banana contains 105 calories and 3.1 grams of fiber.
*Bananas are a good source of potassium, manganese, vitamin C and B6.
Bananas happen to be my favorite fruit. And here’s a little trick I’d like to share with you; did you know there is a way to salvage those spotty bananas? Unpeel those spotty bananas; slice them, store them in freezer bags and then place them in the freezer. You can eat them frozen or add them to your protein shake instead of ice cubes.
Add bananas to your yogurt or ice cream. One of my all-time favorites is a banana almond butter sandwich. If you’re really industrious, spotty bananas lend themselves to banana bread; they also work great in pancakes too.
3. One cup of blueberries contains 84 calories and 3.6 grams of fiber.
*Blueberries are known for their anti-inflammatory properties and are chalked full of antioxidants.
Try adding blueberries to your yogurt or cereal. You can also warm blueberries up and add them to morning pancakes.
4. One large grapefruit contains only 53 calories and has 1.8 grams of fiber.
*Grapefruit are lower in calories and are a very filling fruit. Grab a grapefruit and you’ll get extra Vitamin C, lycopene and folate.
You can eat the whole grapefruit, chop it up on a salad or add it to a smoothie. If you have a juicer add a grapefruit the next time you juice.
5. 8.8 ounces of canned pineapple chunks in juice contain 149 calories and 2 grams of fiber.
*Pineapple has many health benefits, but is known for its anti-inflammatory properties. If you purchase canned pineapple be sure to drain the juice and rinse the chunks in water. This will cut down on the sugar content.
Having a summer barbeque? Add chicken and pineapple chunks to skewers, place them on the grill. You can toss chunks of pineapple into your yogurt, cereal or create a satisfying energy boosting protein smoothie.
One medium pear contains 103 calories and 5.5 grams of fiber.
*Pears have a higher fiber content and insoluble fiber too; which will keep you feeling full longer.
Eating fiber doesn’t have to be boring, eat up and enjoy! What is your favorite fruit? Please leave a comment in the section below.