Easy Ways to Eat More Fruit
Fruits are definitely good for your health. Here are some tips on how you can include fruits in your daily meals…
- Put slices of banana or peaches on cold cereal.
- Add dry fruit (such as, raisins, apricots, or apples) when cooking hot cereal.
- Keep a plastic container full of cut up fruit — have some at breakfast or for a snack topped with plain or fruited non-fat, sugar-free yogurt (to get a bit more calcium).
- Take one or two pieces of fruit from home each day to eat with lunch and as an afternoon snack or on your way home to knock the edge off your ravenous appetite.
- Keep dried fruit, raisins, figs, apricots, peaches, pears, etc., around — use it for a snack, try it as fuel for long hikes or bike rides, or stash in your desk or locker. But don’t empty the bag — the calories and carbohydrate in dried fruit add up quickly because they are concentrated.
- Toss a few raisins, pieces of apple, dried apricot, or pineapple chunks on a salad.
- Have canned or jarred fruit in the pantry — applesauce, peaches, pears and pineapple for starters.
- Toss fruit into entrees — pineapple in stir-fry or on make-your-own-pizza; fresh or dried cranberries or peaches in chicken, or apricots or apples in pork dishes.
- Combine fruit with vegetables — crushed pineapple in coleslaw, raisins in carrot salad, make a Waldorf salad with apples, raisins, walnut and celery.
- Serve fruit with the main course — applesauce with pork chops or roast, pineapple with ham, low-sugar cranberry sauce with chicken.
- Grill fruit on skewers and serve as dessert with a few ginger snaps or vanilla wafers or serve as part of the main course.