With summer upon us, it’s time to venture out for some fun activities. From swimming to trekking to simply relaxing at the beach, summer is the season for all things outdoors.
To complement these activities, you need a snack that’s delicious and easy to carry so you can munch on it wherever you are. And what better choice than some delicious and nutritious dry fruits!
Store them in your bag for a quick nibble, add them to refreshing smoothies, or chop them up as garnish for your ice cream. Here are six dry fruits to keep your summer delicious and healthy.
Rich in potassium, dates are a delicious option for a healthy digestive system. A couple of dates every morning goes a long way in regulating your metabolism. Dates are also very high in calories and are a good source of vitamins, iron, and fibre. Choose a date if you’re looking for a quick boost of energy.
If you’re looking to shed some weight this summer, then turn to dried figs. With a low sugar content, they are the perfect pick for guilt-free snacking. Figs are also high in iron and folic acid, and help maintain good blood health. Rich in antioxidants, they also prevent hypertension and heart disease.
Whether you use them to add a twist to savoury dishes, or munch on them as is, dried grapes are great all year long, including summer! They are high in potassium and fibre, and help you regulate acidity. Raisins are also a rich source of iron, making them a way to combat anaemia.
Not only are dried apricots a powerhouse of nutrients like iron, fibre, vitamins A and C, calcium, and potassium, they are also a delicious snack to munch on. Dried apricots impart a glowing complexion, for that perfect summer look, and their juice can be used to treat sunburns.
Prunes, or dried plums, offer healthy vision, regulate blood pressure, and keep your bones strong. Rich in fibre and vitamin K, prunes help maintain a healthy metabolism and reduce risks of strokes. You can also munch on a handful for a burst of energy before a workout or sports session.
Summer is the season of mangos! While little beats the experience of biting into the juicy flesh, give the dried ones a try too. Dried mangos last longer than fresh ones, so you can stock up for the entire year. They are also rich in antioxidants and vitamins A, C, and E.