Six fresh fruits that will give you an energy boost

If you're tired, worn out and stressed, consuming these fruits will perk you right up.

Fruits are anytime snacks, as they are easy to carry and are loaded with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and fibre and can give you an immediate energy boost.

One serving of fruit contains anywhere between 80 to120 calories, depending upon what kind it is.

In the following pages, we bring you six that are the best option if you want to raise flagging energy levels.

1. Bananas

Bananas are easily digested and provide instant energy as well as lots of potassium, an electrolyte that helps maintain normal nerve and muscle function.

One medium banana contains about 105 calories, 27 grams ofcarbs, 1 gram of protein and 0.5 grams of fat.

2. Papaya

A cup of ripe papaya not only gives you an energy boost, but also helps protect against the potential damages of secondhand smoke, rheumatoid arthritis and common cold.

3. Oranges

Oranges are known as a high-energy food -- the Vitamin C and natural sugar they contain help reduce fatigue levels.

Even freshly-squeezed orange juice is nourishing; you may want to add a little bit of protein and good fat by eating a few almonds alongside.

4. Strawberries

Strawberries are a tasty way to fight fatigue and like carrots and flaxseed, help improve your eyesight too.

Did you know that one cup of strawberries provides more Vitamin C (about 80 mg) than a medium orange (about 70 mg)?

5. Pineapple

Delicious pineapple is a super snack that delivers instant energy and many nutrients like manganese, copper, vitamins C, B1 and B6 and fibre.

6. Pears

Pears are juicy and rich in fibre and perfect as a snack for children.

Even canned pears teamed with low-fat cottage cheese are nutritious.

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