Chances are, you’re aware that Americans need to include more fruit in their diets. In general, we should eat at least two to three servings of fruits every day. Fruits are an important part of a healthy diet. Rich in vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants, fiber and water, some consider fruit to be the fountain of youth.
So why is it that 60 percent of Americans don’t eat enough fruit? Part of the problem is the huge selection of foods “made with real fruit” may seem more appealing than the natural food. Who wouldn’t rather have a pop tart than a bowl of strawberries? The problem is that, nutritionally, processed food products that contain fruit usually lack the nutrition of the whole fruit. Some people have the idea that fruits are expensive. This isn’t necessarily true. According to a survey by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, it costs an adult less than $2 per day to eat three servings of fruit and four servings of vegetables. Here are some ways to incorporate more fruit into your daily routine.
- Set a goal. If you currently aren’t eating enough fruits (2-3 servings per day is recommended) try adding one serving per day until you get used to that, then add another one until you are consistently reaching your goal.
- Boost breakfast. Start your morning off right with a handful of strawberries, blueberries or dried fruit with your oatmeal or cereal.
- Blend them in. Try blending fresh or frozen fruits into your morning smoothie or before dinner snack. It’s a great way to start the day or tide you over until dinner.
Blend Fruits Into Delicious Smoothies
- Try new fruits. It’s easy to get tired of apples, oranges, bananas and grapes. Try kiwi, mango, fresh pineapple or other more exotic fruits available in your area.
- Dip them in healthy salad dressing or yogurt. If the natural flavor of fruits isn't enough, try dipping them into yogurt, or even a bit of salad dressing. Litehouse offers a wide variety of delicious, low-calorie alternative dressings.
Try Dipping Fruit Into Healthy Salad Dressing or Yogurt
- Spread it on. Try spreading some nut butter (peanut, cashew, hazelnut, etc.) on fruits such as apples or bananas.
- Grill them. Roasting fruit is easy and it brings out the flavor of the fruit. Marinate or add spices (such as cinnamon and nutmeg) for more of a flavor punch. Try this simple Litehouse recipe for Grilled Tropical Fruit to get started.
Grilled Tropical Fruit
- Mix them up. Add flavor and variety to your salads with fresh or dried fruit. Perpetual favorites are apples, pears, oranges, berries and dried fruit. Litehouse has many recipes that incorporate fruit into a salad. Try searching for salads here.
- Prepare a parfait. Make a healthy dessert by layering yogurt, fruit and nuts or granola for a delicious parfait.
- Enjoy them with low-fat caramel. That’s right! Litehouse offers a delicious low-fat caramel loaded with fiber. You’ll be amazed at how delicious and yet healthy this low-fat caramel truly is! Serve our Salted Caramel Fruit Tray and be the hit at your next party!
Salted Caramel Fruit Tray
- Treat yourself to chocolate. Try dipping your fruit in chocolate. In addition to a delectable dessert, you get plenty of heart-healthy antioxidants, some fiber, and a host of vitamins, minerals, and other phytonutrients.
These are some of the strategies you can use to add more fruits to your regular regimen. What is your favorite way to add fruit to your daily diet?