One of the hallmarks of the Rock-Solid Nutrition regimen is the concept of eating a series of smaller meals or snacks throughout the day, as opposed to loading up on the traditional “three squares.” A huge part of following this philosophy is enjoying two to three snacks per day. And while there are a number of Rock-Solid snacks available, fresh fruit is at the top of the list as a priority choice.
Fruit is a nutrient-dense, high fiber snack that can be enjoyed anytime. Plus, there are so many delicious varieties available, any of which you probably haven’t had in way too long. Just with apples alone, you can usually find at least a half-dozen different kinds at most any grocery store. And this is to say nothing of the various kinds of berries, pears, grapes, melons and tropical fruits out there.
Try to buy your fruit from the local farmer’s market. You will freak out at how much better produce tastes from these places. Otherwise, most health food markets and every grocery store will have fruit. Go organic on everything when possible.
A Few Hot Tips
1. Always have a bowl of ripe, colorful fruit accessible and out in the open in your home as a constant reminder of its availability.
2. Always take a piece of “portable” fruit with you if you’re leaving the house for a while. Apples, pears, apricots, peaches, bananas and plums are all examples of fruit that travels well.
3. Try cutting up a variety of your favorite fruits and creating your own fruit salad. Have it in a big bowl in the refrigerator for a quick snack anytime. For a special dessert, throw a scoop or two of vanilla soy ice cream in a bowl, then top with this fruit salad. (This works especially well with berry blends.)