10 TIPS NUTRITION EDUCATION SERIES
Focus on Fruits
10 tips to help you eat more fruits
Eating fruit provides health 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. None have cholesterol. Focus on whole fruits — fresh, canned, frozen, or dried, and may be whole, cut-up, or pureed. Make sure that saturated fat and added sugars are limited when preparing fruit dishes.
- Keep visible reminders
Keep a bowl of whole fruit on the table, counter, or in the refrigerator.
- Think about taste
Buy fresh fruits in season when they may be less expensive and at their peak flavor. Add fruits to sweeten a recipe instead of sugar.
- Think about variety
Buy fruits that are dried, frozen, and canned (in water or 100% juice) as well as fresh, so that you always have a supply on hand.
- Don’t forget the fiber
Make most of your choices whole or cut-up fruit, rather than juice, for the benefits that dietary fiber provides.
- Be a good role model
Set a good example for children by eating fruit every day with meals or as snacks.
- Include fruit at breakfast
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.
- Try fruit at lunch
At lunch, pack a tangerine, banana, or grapes to eat, or choose fruits from a salad bar. Individual containers of fruits like peaches or applesauce are easy and convenient.
- Experiment with fruit at dinner, too
At dinner, add crushed pineapple to coleslaw, or include orange sections, dried cranberries, or grapes in a tossed salad. Try fruit salsa on top of fish.
- Snack on fruits
Dried fruits make great snacks. They are easy to carry and store well.
- Keep fruits safe
Rinse fruits before preparing or eating them. Under clean, running water, rub fruits briskly to remove dirt and surface microorganisms. After rinsing, dry with a clean towel.