We're lucky here at Sneakz to call the land of endless summer, home. Based in South Florida, our offices and homes are - at most - a 20-minute drive to some of the most beautiful beaches you've ever seen. We're definitely a little spoiled by tropical paradise. While most other states are gearing up for fall, our days are as hot and sunny as ever, and you can still spend long, long days playing in the sunshine and saltwater.
Want to get in on the tropics but don't want to hop the next flight to South Florida? Here are five tropical fruits to keep you in the summertime spirit that pack a nutritious punch.
1. Dragon Fruit (Pitaya)
Just looking at a Dragon Fruit could have you daydreaming about running away to Bali, right? But did you know that this beautiful fruit is an excellent source of dietary fiber? It's not just the best fruit to make your smoothie look beautiful thanks to the vibrant pink/purple variety, it's also loaded with vitamins and minerals. A one-cup serving packs 7g of dietary fiber, and 18% of your RDI of Magnesium - which is an excellent anti-inflammatory.
Say that one five times fast! This prickly little fruit is native to Southeast Asia and gets its name from the Malay word for "hair" because of its prickly exterior. The flesh is rich in antioxidants like Vitamin C, which help protect our cells against the impact of free-radicals.
Jackfruit has had a surge in popularity over the last couple of years as a plant-based alternative for dishes that traditionally use meat. Jackfruit tacos, anyone? You'll find lots of jackfruit preparations in your local market these days that save you the work of breaking down this GIGANTIC fruit on your own. It is the largest fruit tree in the world and can grow up to 80 lbs! Jackfruit contains some amount of almost every vitamin and mineral you need, and packs over 3g of protein per cup, while also having a low glycemic index.
Us South Floridians may be most familiar with Guava in the form of delicious pastries at our favorite nearby Cuban bakeries, but Guava is also super nutritious in its less processed forms. Its high fiber content combined with higher levels of potassium are shown to contribute to improved heart health, and studies have shown that Guava Leaf Extract can be linked to lowering bad cholesterol. You'll find Organic Guava in our Meal2Go!
Acai is kind of a household name at this point, and for good reason. Their most notable for their impressive antioxidant content, and are a powerhouse in your diet for fighting free radicals that contribute to diabetes, cancer and heart disease. Their antioxidant potency comes from anthocyanins, which is what gives them that deep purple color. Foodrevolution.org says, "When compared to antioxidant-rich blueberries, acai berries have more protein, calcium, iron, and vitamins A and C. They’re also lower in sugar than blueberries."
So if you're looking to squeeze a little more juice out of summer, get your hands on these nutritious exotic fruits and kick your next smoothie bowl into "tropical" mode and sip - or in this case, spoon - the goodness.