4 Fruits Athletic Bodies Shouldn't Overlook

Take advantage of these ingredients in both sweet and savory dishes.

Fruit deserves to play a role (alongside lean proteins, healthy fats, veggies, legumes, and whole grains) on an athlete’s plate. A source of complex carbohydrates, the naturally sweet bites pack a hefty dose of vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber. But among the berries, apples, and melons that dominate your plate, there are four underutilized options that you should consider incorporating into your diet.

Passion Fruit
Try this tropical ingredient in post-workout meals. “It's loaded with antioxidants, beta carotene and vitamin C,” says New York City-based registered dietitian Marissa Lippert. It can help reduce oxidative stress and boost recovery.



Pitaya
The Central American fruit not only makes smoothie bowls that vibrant shade of purple-pink, but they’re a nutritional powerhouse packed with fiber and vitamin C. Try it in your morning smoothie since it's low in sugar but still sweet.


Persimmons
These stud the winter produce aisle with a gorgeous shade of orange and they’re rich in vitamin A, a nutrient that plays a key role in boosting your disease-fighting defenses. Chefs suggest broiling them to enjoy as a healthy dessert

Jack Fruit
With a meaty texture and easily adaptable flavor, this fruit lends itself well to savory dishes as a substitute for meat. Nutritional highlights include protein, vitamins B and C, and fiber.