10 tips for eating more fruit

Fruits are packed with nutrients and are essential to maintaining your health. As a snack or dessert, they’re a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth without adding to your waistline! Whether exotic or traditional, there are as many fruits as there are tastes. It’s time to put them on the menu!

According to Canada’s Food Guide, we should be eating five to ten servings of fruits and vegetables every day.

FIVE TIPS FOR EATING MORE FRUIT

1) ALWAYS KEEP SOME ON HAND

Want to eat more fruit? By having an apple or pear in your bag, on your desk or on the kitchen counter, you’re more likely to eat more fruit.

2) OPT FOR VARIETY

Don’t rely on one kind of fruit only. Look for variety! Small- or medium-sized fruit (strawberries, apples, plums, etc.) will help satisfy your cravings, whereas bigger fruit (pineapple, mango, melon…) can be diced into cubes and eaten for a snack or dessert. During the day, instead of reaching for a bag of chips or a chocolate bar, reach for ready-to-eat fruit!

3) FRUIT IN THE MORNING AND FOR A SNACK

To start the day off right, add some fruit to your breakfast. This will add a touch of freshness to your dish and can be a great pairing for yogurt or eggs. Or turn your fruits into a delicious smoothie. You can also prepare fruit plates as a snack for your kids. They’ll love to eat them when they get home after school!

4) ADD FRUITS TO YOUR CEREAL AND PANCAKES

Nothing brightens up oatmeal like a cup of blueberries or raspberries. As for pancakes, they go well with any fruit, from bananas to strawberries to apples!

5) EAT MORE DRIED FRUIT

Dried fruit is delicious, nutritious and an excellent substitute for fresh fruit. Mangos, raisins, dates or apricots: the choice is endless! You can also prepare small servings of dried fruit that you can slip into your kids’ lunchboxes… or make your own for a tasty treat!

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