Easy Ways to Eat More Fruit
You already know that fruits are good for you. They’re packed with fibre and nutrients that are essential to maintaining optimal health. They’re naturally delicious and make great snacks and desserts, too. There are countless varieties of fruits, from the traditional to the exotic, so try these tips for working more of them into your diet.
Keep it around
It’s hard to eat fruit if you don’t have it on hand. Keep fruit on your kitchen counter, front and centre in the fridge, on your desk, or in your bag; you’re much more likely to eat it if it’s within arm’s reach.
Switch it up
You’ll get bored quickly and miss out on a range of nutrients if you eat only one or two types of fruit. Aim for a variety to keep things interesting. Try strawberries, plums, apples, pineapple, melon, mango, citrus fruits, kiwi… there’s an endless array right in your local produce department.
Eat fruit at breakfast
It’s easier to fit enough fruit into your day when you get one of your servings out of the way first thing. Try a fruit and yogurt smoothie, add some blueberries to your oatmeal, or slice a banana over your whole-grain pancakes – however you do it, fruit is a fresh and delicious addition to any breakfast.
Enlist your freezer’s help
You can buy frozen fruits for convenience – this is especially helpful if you make smoothies often. Alternatively, buy blueberries, raspberries, and strawberries when they’re in season and on sale and pop them into your freezer for year-round access. You can also freeze bananas, mangos, and pineapples and use them later in baking or smoothies.
Make fruit your go-to munchie or dessert
Try serving cut-up fruit skewered on toothpicks as an appetizer instead of fattier fare. When it’s time for dessert, berries and cream, baked apples or pears with cinnamon, or a tropical fruit salad will be a big hit.
Order fruit in restaurants
Look for fruit on restaurant menus whenever you eat out. Most places offer a salad with fruit in it or even a fruit plate, so start (or finish) your meal on a healthy note.
If you have a sweet tooth, fruit is the perfect way to satisfy it and still stay within the bounds of a healthy diet. Try these tips this week and watch the quality of your diet increase instantly.