Spring is here – and it’s refreshing all your senses with brightly colored flowers, warm sunlight, chirping birds, fragrant fresh cut, and sweet, juicy fruit in your fruit bowl.
Fresh fruit is packed with vitamins and nutrients that your body needs, and is often a more nutritionally beneficial snack than pre-packaged goodies. But like veggies, not all fruits are appropriate for your low-oxalate diet. Here are our top spring low-oxalate fruits for your low-oxalate fruit bowl!
As the saying goes, an apple a day keeps the doctor away. While you should still heed your doctor’s advice, adding apples can provide benefits for your overall health. One of our favorite spring low-oxalate fruits is rich in dietary fiber, which helps aid the digestive process, and Vitamins C and B6, which support heart health and help regulate mood.
There are more than 7,000 varieties of apples, from sweet to tart. Eat them on their own as a snack, or add them to your main meals —like salads or stir fry — for a sweet crunch.
Cherries are one of the late spring low-oxalate fruits favorite for many Americans, with about 400 million pounds grown each year! Cherries are not only a healthy part of a low-oxalate diet but also filled with fiber, Vitamin C, and melatonin, an antioxidant that helps support healthy sleep.
Use fresh cherries and lime in your water for refreshingly kidney-friendly cherry limeade, add them to Greek yogurt, or sprinkle over your Iceberg lettuce salad for a sweet addition to your low-oxalate lunch.
In Chinese culture, peaches are revered as a symbol of longevity, and this spring low-oxalate fruit lives up to its name by packing in a broad range of nutrients, including Vitamins A, C, E; beta-carotene; folic acid; calcium; dietary fiber; and iron. Peaches can help aid healthy vision, metabolism, and digestion.
With a sweet taste and plenty of juice, peaches can be a perfect complement to salsas and relish recipes, especially when combined with a spicy kick. The natural sweetness of peaches makes this spring fruit a tasty, low-sugar dessert — grill peaches in foil with a ½ tablespoon of butter and a dash of cinnamon, and then serve with fresh whipped cream.
Although plums aren’t typically on the list of fruit favorites, it’s a great spring low-oxalate fruit with a variety of health benefits. Plums include adequate amounts of dietary fiber and Vitamin C and have a low glycemic index, which means they won’t spike your blood sugar. Plums help support heart health and digestion and are a low-calorie snack.
Plums are a great addition to stir fry, or as a snack – just cut them into thin slices and pair with Greek yogurt and a bit of honey. Try dried plums sliced into a salad or plum chutney on Wheat Thins crackers. There are many ways to use plums to brighten your meals!
Insanely snackable, grapes are a spring low-oxalate fruit that can satisfy your sweet tooth without spiking your blood sugar. Besides being sweet, juicy, and easy to pack in a lunchbox, grapes can support heart and colon health thanks to Vitamins C and K, fiber, and antioxidants.
Grapes are delectable on their own, but also add a fresh twist to salads and snacks. Try this Broccoli Grape Salad at your next cookout, or fruit & cheese kabobs for a fresh snack. As the weather warms up, frozen grapes can serve as an all-natural popsicle to help you cool down.
Enjoy the warmer weather and a full fruit basket – fill up your cart with these spring low-oxalate fruits today!