Trainer Brittany V swears by dried fruit to get her through a long day of marketing and then teaching spin classes at Ravenswood. "I like to think of myself as a fruitarian meaning I eat lots and lots of fruit! Dried fruit is awesome because it has little to no fat, lots of nutrients condensed into chewy little packages and it is a great source of energy! It's the best kind of sugar for your brian!"
Almost all dried fruit is super healthy for you. Dried figs, apples, apricots, blueberries, peaches, mangos, raisins, dates and prunes are all great options. However, Fitday.com says there are a couple of dried fruits to avoid:
- Pineapple, which is usually coated in refined sugar.
- Banana chips, because they are generally deep-fried and sweetened. Look for dried banana chips with no extra sugar.
- Cranberries, because they almost always require extra sweeteners due to their tartness.
- Watermelon, since it has low levels of nutrients and high levels of sugar.