The fruit group provides many health benefits to our bodies. The USDA recommends 1.5-2 servings a day (depending on age and weight). Fruits are loaded with vitamins and minerals that strengthen our immune systems and prevents against chronic diseases such as certain types of cancer, heart disease and type II diabetes. Increasing your fruit intake can be an easy transition with these simple tips!
KNOW YOUR GOAL- What constitutes 1 serving? In general 1 cup of fruit, 100% juice OR 1/2 cup dried fruit (such as raisins) is equivalent to 1 serving of fruit. If your a visual person imagine the size of a tennis ball when eating whole fruit.
MAKE IT MORE ACCESSIBLE- You eat what you see, so make fruit more visible. Place a bowl of fruit on the counter or in the refrigerator. Consider cutting up fruit, and dividing into portion size baggies for quick snacks or lunch access.
INCLUDE FRUIT WITH YOUR MEALS- Take advantage or any opportunity to incorporate fruit into a meal. Top cereal with bananas or peaches, make fruit a side with your lunch or dinner. Try adding fruit to a salad or incorporating it into a meat dish. The possibilities are endless.
PURCHASE A VARIETY- Buy fruit frozen, dried, fresh and canned (in water or 100% juice AKA no added sugar) to always have a supply on hand and increase its convenience.
Increase your fruit consumption and notice the difference in the way you feel! Simple nutritional changes make a drastic impact on your health and wellbeing. ♥
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