As you’ve probably been drilled into knowing: Breakfast really is the most important part of the day. And making sure you are getting a well-balanced breakfast is just as important. It should be loaded in fiber and important nutrients, like fruit, to be balanced.
Below, we list out a couple of important fruits to eat in the morning for a fully-blown, energized day.
Berry it up
All berries, but specifically raspberries and blueberries, are so good for breakfast. Raspberries are an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory nutrient with Vitamin C and fiber, allowing you to feel more full throughout the day.
Plus, one cup of raspberries is only 64 calories, and eight grams of fiber. Blueberries, on the other hand, have fiber, Vitamin C, and manganese to help with heart health and reduce other chronic diseases.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away
You know what they say—an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Filled with fiber, Vitamin C, and antioxidants, apples are a great source of an anti-viral and anti-bacterial flavonoid called quercetin, which boosts the immune system.
Bonus: Apples are super compact, making them easy to take on the go if you are in a rush.
Avocado toast, anyone?
Really, who doesn’t like avocados? Avocado toast is one of the most satisfying breakfasts. And not to mention—the most versatile—as you can put just about anything you want on it. When enjoyed in the morning, it will make you feel satiated for hours, due to the overwhelming amount of fiber they have.
A half cup of avocado has 5 grams of fiber, getting you closer to your daily 25-38 grams of fiber recommendation.
A non-common fruit, as it is often seasonal, kiwis are great. They are high in Vitamin C, and help boost immunity. With their high concentration in fiber, they also help with digestion.
Citrus fruits for the win
Oranges, grapefruits, lemons, limes, and other citrus fruits are great sources of Vitamin C, fiber, potassium, and phytonutrients. They act as anti-inflammatory agents, and work to detox and improve heart health.
Splurge on pomegranate seeds
Although pomegranate is not a common fruit found in the average person’s home, pomegranate seeds are loaded with nutritional benefits. They are rich in antioxidant polyphenols, called anthocyanin, that help protect duplicating cells against free radical damage. If you don’t want to eat them alone, add a half cup to your yogurt or oatmeal for added nutrients.
Even if you are on the go, not eating breakfast is no excuse. Especially when bananas come individually packaged and can easily slip into your bag. They also have a resistant starch that contains beneficial bacteria for your gut. Bananas also contain fiber, B vitamins, and minerals like potassium, manganese, and magnesium.
What’s your favorite fruit? How do you fit it into your routine—or is it a rarity? Not all of these fruits may be up your alley, but you never know without trying. (Trust us on the pomegranate seeds, though).
Why not check out these farmers’ markets in Brooklyn to pick some fresh fruit up?