I wish the FrUiT iS eViL / FrUiT iS tHe DeViL notion wasn’t making rounds on the internet again, but here with your routine reminder that it’s anything but.
Fruit contains electrolytes, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants and we’d love to see the eaten regularly in your diet. Does fruit contain sugar? Sure. Is natural occurring sugar the devil? No. Should you likely try to avoid refined and added sugars where you can? Of course. Should you be afraid of a little fruit every day? Absolutely not.
Worth mentioning that during exercise, we typically fuel primarily off of sources of muscle glycogen. These might include foods like rice, oatmeal, potatoes, bread, pasta, quinoa, breakfast cereal, etc. Fruit actually gets stored as liver glycogen, so if you’re about to workout or just worked out, you might be better to prioritize the aforementioned foods moreso than tons of fruit. Regardless, aiming to get in some fruit 2-3 times a day would be a great goal.
If you don’t want to spend time cutting up fruit, most grocery stores seem to be joining the Cooking is Cancelled life and are offering more pre-cut/pre-prepared options, if you pay just a little more money. Y’all know I love my overpriced triangles, aka watermelon (: Smoothies using frozen fruit are another easy way to get it done. You can of course also just prioritize buying mostly fruits that don’t require much time or effort (such as apples, bananas, berries, etc). The best fruits are the ones you’ll actually eat (and not have go bad because we didn’t want to prepare them).