Good Tuesday, all.
Today’s baby step is to incorporate more fruit into your diet. This sounds too easy. Well, if it’s so easy, why haven’t you done it before now?
I don’t mean an apple a day. I mean fruit at each meal – and maybe your snacks too. Why? Because fruit is good for you (to keep it simple). Fruit is full of vitamins and fiber that your body needs. I could give you the facts and details about which fruit gives you which vitamin but you do some of the research work yourself. Find some good articles and put them in your textbook (that we discussed last Tuesday.)
Fruit is delicious in many forms – fresh, frozen, canned, and cooked in recipes. One caveat though – do not drink commercial fruit juice if you can avoid it. It has no fiber and it’s sugar content is too high. Your blood sugar would spike and that is not healthy if you do it on a regular basis.
Also try to buy fruit that is in season. Currently in the Spring, these fruits are in season:
If you live near a farmers market, you will find the freshest produce located there. But, never fear, your local grocery market will do just fine. I would like to caution you on where the fruit comes from. Do your best to buy local, failing that buy produce that is grown in the United States. Be wary of fruit from other countries. The U.S. has very stringent laws about growing produce where other countries do not have such safe guards.
You can put your fruit in other foods; you do not always have to eat it by itself. Lots of fruits go well in a green salad, like berries, grapes and melons. Tuna is really good with grapes and apples. You can put fresh or frozen fruit in smoothies for a healthy and delicious meal. Cottage cheese goes well with peaches, pineapples and pears. And don’t forget the ever popular peanut butter and banana sandwich.
Breakfast is probably the easiest meal to incorporate some fruit. Many people enjoy a grapefruit half or some melon with their meal. Avocado on toast is very tasty.
One of the key points that I want to make is to always have a variety of fruit on hand. You won’t get bored eating it and your body will appreciate the varied fare. Besides, if it’s handy, you’ll eat it.
So this weeks baby step is to incorporate fruit into your daily diet – at least 3 times a day.
Let me know how you are progressing with your baby steps.