Ring in the New Year with Fruits

Eva Davis  |  1/9/2018 2:20:05 AM

Many of us are looking for ways to live healthier this “NEW YEAR.” We are looking to lose a few pounds, lower our blood pressure, lower our cholesterol, or raise our energy level. Well, I have a “RESOLUTION” for you. Start by consuming more fruits.

Fruits are low in calories, high in fiber, and rich in vitamins and minerals.

Try these easy tips:

  • Keep a bowl of fresh fruits on the table, counter, or in the refrigerator.
  • Refrigerate cut-up fruit for later consumption.
  • Buy fresh fruits when they are in season. They are generally less expensive and at their peak in flavor.
  • Buy fruits that are dried, frozen, or canned (in 100% juice) as well as fresh, so that you always have some available.
  • Try pre-cut packages of fruit (such as melon or pineapple chunks) for a healthy ready to eat snack. Choose packaged fruits without the added sugars.

Many of us do not get our daily-recommended amount of fruits. This can be as simple as 1, 2 and 3.

1. Breakfast

  • Adding bananas to cereal
  • Add fresh fruits to yogurt, cottage cheese, low-fat ice cream, etc.
  • Add fresh berries to pancakes or waffles

2. Lunch

  • Make a delicious colorful salad by adding fresh fruits
  • Add fruits to a grilled chicken pizza
  • Include fruits when preparing tuna salad or chicken salad

3. Dinner

  • Add fruits to a shrimp kabob
  • Add fruit salsa to steak
  • Add fruit to casserole

https://www.choosemyplate.gov/fruits-tips

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