5 Ways to Sneak in More Fruit
Not getting your recommended daily intake of fruit? It turns out there are lots of ways to sneak more fruit into your daily routine.
1. Include Fruit in Every Breakfast
It’s the perfect morning food, filled with natural, complex sugars and slow-release energy, fibre, and nutrients galore. Cantaloupe, an orange, berries – all are perfect with whole wheat toast, cereal or an egg.
2. Fill Up a Fruit Bowl
Keep a full bowl of fruit wherever you spend the most time. This could be at work, near your home computer, or even in the television room. And keep five to eight pieces of fresh fruit in it at all times, such as bananas, oranges, apples, grapes or plums. Most fruit is fine left at room temperature for three or four days. But if it’s out and staring at you, it’s not likely to last that long. A piece of fruit makes a perfect snack – as often as four times per day
3. Get Your Fruits Dried
Dried fruits are very portable and have a long shelf life. Take them to work, on shopping trips, or even on vacation. Raisins and prunes are classic choices. Also try dried cranberries and blueberries, which are extremely high in phytonutrients, or dried apricots, which are chock-full of beta-carotene, says Mary Gregg, R.D., director of Human Care Services for NutriSystem, Inc. Other options include dates, figs, dries peaches, dried pears and dried bananas.