Fruits are low in calories and highly nutritious, making them the ideal solution for a quick breakfast. The produce aisle of your grocery store will tempt you with a wide range of fruits, from simple apples and bananas to more exotic fruits, such as dragon fruit and star fruit. Busy moms can keep a fruit bowl filled so kids and parents alike can have fruit available for sit-down or out-the-door breakfasts.
Some fruits require extensive preparation, such as peeling and cutting, but if you're trying to grab something quick to eat during the commute to school or work, you don't want to bother with that. Apples and pears are convenient because you can eat the peel and you don't have to cut them. Grapes are also a breeze to eat for breakfast. Though you have to peel a banana, it's easy to do, so this is another convenient choice.
When you're watching your weight, calories are important. The fiber in fruits can help you stay full while the low calories can help you lose weight. Choose the fruits that are lowest in calories. Starfruits, apricots, apples, berries and melons all come in at less than 50 calories per half cup. Always choose fresh fruits over those that have added sugar, like some canned fruits.
Eating healthy fruits won't make much of a difference if you're hungry moments after. To stay full, choose fiber-rich fruits. Everyday Health suggests sweet prunes, apples, grapes and berries. You'll stay full longer if you pair your fruits with other foods that contain protein or whole grains, such as dipping apple slices in peanut butter or putting your berries on top of oatmeal.
All fruits contain essential vitamins and minerals, but some have more than others. Health Mad suggests that apricots, strawberries, papaya, kiwi, guava, grapefruit, avocado, raspberries, watermelon and cantaloupes are the most nutritious fruits. Vary the nutrients that you're getting by eating different fruits on different days, preparing a fruit salad or putting several fruits into a smoothie.
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Maggie McCormick is a freelance writer. She lived in Japan for three years teaching preschool to young children and currently lives in Honolulu with her family. She received a B.A. in women's studies from Wellesley College.