‘Super fruits’ are common sense

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Train Hard, Eat Healthy columnist Kennett Washington is a fitness expert, NGA Natural Pro Bodybuilder and president of Healing Strength Personal Training

It’s important to eat at least five or six times a day to keep your energy levels high.
The problem is, most folks who focus on healthy main meals eat unhealthy snacks in between.
However,  good nutrition doesn’t work that way. Eliminating unhealthy snacks could be key for your own body transformation.
Here are three “super fruit” snack alternatives to fuel your body and keep your metabolism churning:
• Grapefruit – With more nutrients per calorie than apples, and more than 100 percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C, eating grapefruit can help ward off illness and premature aging.
The high water content in grapefruit, in combination with certain enzymes and acids, can also help get your internal organs working.
• Avocado – Avocados help with growth and development of the brain and nervous system, thanks to their high concentration of unsaturated fats.
Avocados provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, vitamin E, B vitamins and folic acid. They also act as a nutrient booster by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients.
• Prunes – With twice as much potassium as a banana and packed with antioxidants, eating prunes can help maintain healthy blood pressure.
Loaded with vitamin A and K, prunes are also a good source of dietary fiber, with 100 grams of prunes containing about 6.1 grams of fiber.
The health benefits of prunes may be linked to their high concentration of the trace element boron, which some researchers believe helps prevent osteoporosis and osteopenia (weak bones). The potassium found in prunes may also help support bone health. Prunes can also keep you looking young, even though they look wrinkly.
The fact is most fruit is good for you. Most fruit is also super tasty.
So make it a habit to pile up on fruit. Swap out snack chips and chocolate bars for grapefruit and avocado. You’ll get a super snack that fuels your body.
Until next time, train hard and eat healthy!

– Fitness expert and NGA Natural Pro Bodybuilder Kennett Washington is president of Healing Strength Personal Training