Yes, I am blogging about fruits. Fruits are super foods, I say super foods because as part of your daily intake they provide more that one benefit to the human body and mind, fruits are some of my favorite things to eat. MyPyramid.gov recommends at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. We have been hearing about the them “5 A Day” for quite some time now, and even see it on most of our produce bags at the market. Soon it will be Fruits & veggies Matter. http://www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov/ Fruits contribute to disease prevention, lowing cholesterol, reducing your risk for heart disease, keeping you regular, help to boost your mood and immunity, and of course are a tool in preventing cancer. Just keep in mind that they do contribute calories and raise blood sugar, therefor it is important to monitor your portion sizes of fruit and eat them consistently throughout the day not all at one sitting, especially if you have diabetes. They are brilliant. They make great colorful and creative snacks for kids. They can be used in almost any dish and added to any plate presentation, they taste great with chocolate, cereal, or meats. Fruits are bright and colorful are full of health benefits such as antioxidants, fiber, pre-biotics, vitamins, mineral and more. Just yesterday I had gone to a fresh market stand and saw some of the most freshest green apples I have seen in a while. One in particular caught my eye. it was bright green with a large brown scar running down the side. To me this indicated that the fruit obviously once held an injury during the growing process. It miraculous healed itself and now has a scar. I picked that apple out of all the others. I always believe when fruits have a scar it not only has a story but healing properties. You all know the saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”.
Treat Yourself and Your Health with Fruit
Fruit not only makes for a great snack, but it can also satisfy a sweet tooth. Try these tips to add the recommended 2 cups of fruit daily to your eating plan.
- Start your day by topping your cereal or whole-grain waffles or pancakes with sliced fruit or berries.
- Add fruit to salads to boost nutrition and add texture and taste. Add orange slices or strawberries to spinach salads or toss grapes into a mixed green salad.
- For dessert, add sliced bananas, berries or peaches to non-fat yogurt or as a topper on angel food cake.
- Dried fruit makes a handy snack and can be equally as nutritious as fresh. However, be mindful of serving sizes.
- Get saucy with fruit: Puree berries, apples, peaches or pears to serve as a thick, sweet sauce on grilled or broiled seafood or poultry, or drizzle over pancakes, French toast or waffles.
Juices also can count toward your recommended daily amount of fruits, but check the package label to be sure it says 100-percent fruit juice. Also, remember that fresh fruit provides fiber, which will make you feel fuller for longer.
For videos, tips, games and other resources to help you “Eat Right with Color,” visit www.eatright.org/nnm.
Produced by ADA’s Strategic Communications Team
National Nutrition Month occurred during the month of March, 2011. It promoted eating a variety of colors “color me healthy”. From an artistic perspective I found it to be intriguing and inspiring way to encourage the public to consume more colors and variety in their daily intake of fruits, vegetables and other food groups. www.eatright.org/nnm.