5 Ways to Eat More Fruit

Whether you want to lose weight or just improve your overall health, swapping out candy, chips, and chocolate for healthy snack alternatives is a must. One of the healthiest and easiest snacks is a piece of fresh fruit. Fruit is tasty, satisfying, nutritious, and needs no preparation.  The difficulty most people face is to change the habit of a lifetime. But if you follow these five tips, you’ll soon find eating plenty of fresh fruit is easier than you thought.

1. Make sure you get plenty of fruit in when you do your grocery shopping. Get a good choice of tempting colors and make eye-catching, attractive arrangements in every room in the house. That way, you’ll always have fruit available when you feel those hunger pangs.

2. The old saying that variety is the spice of life is very true when it comes to making changes to the way you eat and snack. Do you know how many varieties of fruit you can get from your local supermarket? Don’t settle for the standard range of apples, pears, oranges, and bananas. Experiment with more unusual and exotic fruits such as loquats, lychees, star-fruit, and mango.

3. One of the greatest challenges to any dietary change is keeping it up at work. Take fresh fruit with you to work. It’s easy to grab a banana or slip an apple in your handbag before you leave the house. Alternatively, take time to prepare chopped, mixed fruit in a Tupperware to dip into when you get the urge to snack.

4. Don’t overlook dried fruit. Dehydrated fruits have more concentrated nutrients in them than fresh fruit. Keeping a carton of dried, mixed fruit in your bag, in a drawer in your desk at work, and even in the car, can be a great way to make it easy to get your fruit for the day without having to think about it or prepare anything in advance.

5. Add fruit to all your meals, whatever else you eat. At breakfast, try topping off your cereal with chopped apple or slices of fresh peach or plum. Or how about juicy strawberries and raspberries with yogurt? Or if you don’t want to eat it, drink your fruit in the form of a glass of 100 percent pure squeezed juice. At lunchtime, you can add fruit to a salad, or swap out your chicken or tuna sandwich for banana and walnut. For dinner, fruit sauces like mango or gooseberry go great with poultry and fish dishes. And you can always finish off with a fruit salad.

Fruit is inexpensive, easy to get, keeps well, and is a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and other essential nutrients. Choosing fruit as your preferred snack is a great way to boost your health and well-being. If you want to lose weight, it can also play a role in supporting your fat-loss goals, as it provides a satisfying snack with plenty of fiber and very few calories. So, next time you get that little pang, forget the candy bar and reach for the fruit bowl instead.