Fruits are an essential part of our diet because they are packed full of nutrients with loads of amazing benefits for our health. However having this knowledge does not compel us to eat as much as we require for maintaining good health. Here are some tips that will help you include more fruit daily.
Start With Fruit
Start your day with some fruits as part of your breakfast. A little fruit salad with oats for breakfast will keep you refreshed in the morning and is a great way to start your day. Garnish your cereal with berries, apple slices and bananas, then help yourself to a glass of freshly squeezed juice.
Try Dried Fruit
Dried fruits are not just delicious but also nutritious and they are great for snacking. Dried mango, pineapples, apricots, bananas, raisins, dates are great snack options available in supermarkets. Snacking on dried fruits during the day will contribute to your daily fruit intake.
Drink Your Fruit
Investing in a juicer is one way to ensure you always enjoy the nourishing goodness of fresh juice. You can mix and match fruits to get your desired flavour. Pineapples, apples, strawberries, watermelons, oranges, kiwis, carrots and more are great for juicing and super delicious.
Detox With Fruit
You can also consume more fruits daily by detoxing with it. Water is highly beneficial for overall good health and 8 to 10 glasses of water is the recommended daily intake. Take drinking water to another level by adding some fresh fruits to it, this improves the taste of the water and help to flush out toxins from your body.
Prep Your Fruit
Prepping fruit beforehand makes it easy to eat them when you have to. Peeling a pineapple or Pawpaw in advance, storing in Ziploc bags or air tight containers and placing in the fridge will make you more likely to reach for it as soon as you need it.
Freeze Your Fruit
When fruits are not stored properly they get spoilt quickly and you may end up wasting it. As soon as you get your fruit, wash, peel and place in little portions to freeze. Frozen fresh fruits retain their flavor and last longer. You can always reach out for them on the go.
Display Your Fruit
You are more likely to pick up an apple if it is displayed in a fruit bowl on your kitchen counter, dining table or in the refrigerator. It is so easy to reach out and eat one because you can see it. Displaying fruit is a great way to encourage yourself and entire family to eat them because it is readily visible and available.
Variety of Fruit
Eating the usual apple, oranges, banana might become boring after a while. Try a rainbow of fruits; buy peaches if you have never had them, try Soursop, get a variety of berries. Purchasing a variety of fruit will encourage you to eat more fruit because it will be exciting to try something new, which you may probably fall in love with.
Three Recipes Using Fruit
Mint And Lemon Detox Water
Add water to a cup or jug.
Wash mint leaves to clean.
Wash and cut lemon into slices.
Add mint leaves and lemon to the cup of water and refrigerate for a few hours before drinking.
Peanut Butter Banana Grilled Sandwich
2 Slices of Bread
1 Banana Sliced
1 Tablespoon Peanut Butter
½ Teaspoon Butter
Apply thin layer butter on one side of both bread slices
Apply Peanut butter on the inner side of both bread slices
Place sliced bananas on the peanut butter part of the bread and place the other bread over it to form a sandwich.
Heat up a grill pan and place the sandwich on it for a few seconds (till browned) and flip to do the same on the other side of the bread. When both sides are brown and crusty take it off the grill pan then slice diagonally so the sandwich halves are two triangles.
2 Cups Berries (Raspberries, Strawberries, Blueberries)
Slice watermelon in the middle to get a slice (shaped like a circle)
Place a slice of watermelon on a surface or flat plate and de-seed
Pour/pipe the whipping cream on the surface of the watermelon
Garnish the Watermelon with whatever berries you choose. Slice into 8 portions, just like a pizza.
Health: Eight tips on how to eat more fruit daily + recipes
Saturday 27 October 2018