Fresh produce is the perfect choice for getting a wide range of nutrients, including vitamins A and C, potassium, fiber and iron, so finding fruits that are available all year round makes it simple to include a variety in your diet. Fruits are also the ideal source of antioxidants, which protect you from free radical damage that leads to many diseases, including heart disease and cancer. Check out these fruits that are available all year round and get started making healthy choices today.
One of the most common fruits that are available all year round are apples. Most supermarkets offer an array of types and colors during all the months of the year. You may not always be able to find the same type, Gala, for example, but there will always be several on the shelves. To top it off, apples are super affordable too. Eat one plain, or chop an apple and add it to oatmeal or a salad.
Bananas are one of the cheapest fruits out there and they’re never missing from store shelves. No matter the temperature outside, you can always find a sweet, delicious bunch of bananas at the grocery store. A banana makes the perfect on-the-go snack for kids and adults. I like to cut mine the long way and spread a bit of peanut butter inside. Bananas are also perfect for smoothies.
They fluctuate in price during the course of the year, but grapes are pretty much always easy to find. These juicy little orbs are perfect for a fruit salad or to munch on while you clean house or play with the kids. Grapes are also ideal for a lunchbox. They’ll fill you up with very few calories and they taste great no matter when you eat them.
What could be better than a tropical tasting treat when it’s frigid outside? Look no further than a couple of kiwis. They’re cheap and they taste wonderful. I cut the top off and scoop out the delicious green flesh with a spoon. Kiwis also taste great in a fruit salad, on cereal or in a berry smoothie. Some people eat the skin too, which increases your fiber intake.
Sometimes it’s navel oranges and sometimes you can find clementines, but there’s always some type of orange at the supermarket. No matter which type you buy, you’ll get a load of vitamin C and fiber in each one. Use fresh oranges to make juice, eat one for a snack or toss them into a pineapple and banana smoothie. Orange juice is also a delicious base for homemade salad dressing or meat marinades. You just can’t go wrong!
Again, it won’t always be the same type of melon, but there is usually at least one type available. The most common are watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew. In fact, I think I can always get a watermelon when I want one. Melons are perfect for a smoothie, but they also taste great cubed and drizzled with lime juice as a side dish for breakfast or lunch. Melon also makes the perfect dessert any night of the week.
Yep, they’re fruit – though many people lump them into the vegetable category. Avocados are creamy and delicious and I love being able to eat one any month of the year. I usually serve cubed avocados with tacos, burritos and tortilla soup, but my kids also love them as a side dish for lunch on the weekends. Of course, you can’t go wrong making fresh guacamole either.
What’s your favorite fruit? Can you get it all year? I hope this list inspires you to include more fruit in your diet.