Make Fruit More Important

Making fruit an important part of your everyday eating routine provides your body with huge benefits.  People who eat more vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet are likely to have a reduced risk of some chronic diseases. Fruits provide nutrients vital for health, such as potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and folate (folic acid). Most fruits are naturally low in fat, sodium, and calories and all fruits are free of cholesterol.

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Just add fruit:  Adding fruit to your meals adds delicious flavor.   At breakfast, top your cereal with bananas, peaches, or strawberries; add blueberries to pancakes; drink 100% orange or grapefruit juice.  Or, try a fruit mixed with fat-free or low-fat yogurt.  Make the bland and boring more exciting with big fruit-filled flavors.

 

Best bang for your buck: Buy fruits that are in season for maximum flavor at a lower cost.  You will find a larger, fresher selection in season versus that out of season.  Check your local supermarket specials for the best-in-season buys. Or visit your local farmer’s market.  If you are not sure what fruits are in season, make a quick internet search to have an idea prior to shopping.

 

Out of sight, out of mind:  If you keep your fruit packed away in cabinets or in the back of the refrigerator, you are much less likely to eat it.  Keep a bowl of whole fruit on the table, counter, or somewhere you are likely to see if more often.  This will motivate you to grab an apple or banana during snack time as you walk by.

 

Stay safe and wash before you eat:  Remember always to rinse fruits before preparing or eating them. Under clean, running water, rub fruits briskly to remove dirt and surface microorganisms.  Pesticides and other fertilizers used during farming may still be present as it reaches your home.  After rinsing, dry with a clean towel.