5 Summer Fruits for Fitness

Do you shop seasonally? Not only is it better for your wallet because your food is traveling at the peak of its supply and costs less for farmers to harvest and distribute, but it is also great for your health! When you buy in-season, in-demand fruit and vegetables, you get the best-tasting, healthiest produce because there isn’t time for it to sit or spoil in a warehouse. Today, we’re sharing our five favorite summer fruits for fitness and why you should love them too!

{Pssttt... Compound the health and sustainability factors by shopping local! Find your nearest farmer's market here.}

Blueberries for Antioxidants

Blueberries, the only blue food, are a low-calorie fruit. These powerful berries are most plentiful - and least expensive - from May through October. In addition to vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidants (compounds that neutralize free radicals), blueberries are high in dietary fiber, which helps eliminate fat from the digestive tract before the body can absorb it. Check out this healthy blueberry smoothie recipe from Erin's Inside Job.

Cherries for Muscle Recovery

Also antioxidant-rich, tart cherries have been shown to help improve muscle recovery by limiting training-induced inflammation. Not only that, but tart cherries contain melatonin, which aids in sleep quality, an essential component of muscle recovery. Time to get those Zzzz's...

Figs for Fiber

Figs are an excellent all-natural energy source and perfect pre-workout snack. California Figs are a great source of fiber - just 3 to 5 dried or fresh figs provide 5 grams of dietary fiber. In addition to fiber, figs are a calcium powerhouse. A single dried fig provides as much calcium as an egg! Fun fact: Although it’s considered a fruit, the fig is actually a flower that is inverted into itself. 

Prunes for Strong Bones 

I’m the daughter of a third-generation farmer. In fact, my dad is a prune farmer. I might be a little biased, but the studies don't lie. Polyphenols, compounds found in prunes that rebalance your body's bone-building cycle, help maintain good bone health. Prunes also provide more antioxidants than the well-known blueberry, making them anti-aging champions. A serving of prunes (3-4 per day) is ideal for optimum nutrition. 

Watermelon for Hydration

Staying hydrated during the hottest time of the year can be tough - sweeten it up with watermelon! Made up of about 90 percent water, watermelon aids in proper hydration, which is important for your metabolism and muscle recovery. Do you know how to pick the best watermelon? Choose a melon that looks heavy for its size and has a creamy yellow spot, a telltale sign that it sat in the sun and ripened. 

Like all good (and sweet) things, it's important to eat fruit in moderation. Fruit, especially dried fruit, can be high in sugar. When balanced with a proper diet - and all the veggies - these five summer fruits are not only a healthy substitute for sugary desserts but can also be a great pre-workout snack.

What are your favorite summer fruits and their health benefits?

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Courtney Ferris

Courtney Ferris

Courtney is a Facebook Advertising Consultant and ACE-certified group fitness instructor. When she's not busy working, she loves skiing, hiking, cycling, and traveling. Her blog is her creative space to share her love for health, wellness, travel, and adventure. If you're in Washington, DC, get in touch and join one of our Sweat Pink DMV events!

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