Not many people eat their 5 pieces of fruit and vegetables a day. Still it’s not so hard to reach the recommended daily allowance with a few tips.
- Did you know there are more than 50 different types of fruit available? Therefore there is no reason to stick to apples, oranges and bananas all the time. Try something more exotic and you just may discover your new favorite treat.
- If you are craving a late-night TV snack, then go for a banana. Bananas don’t only satisfy your hunger, they are also naturally rich in tryptophan, an amino acid that boosts melatonin (sleep hormone) production in the body.
- Dried fruit like raisins, apricots or figs are the perfect on-the-go snack. Not only do they keep well, they also contain lots of minerals and dietary fibers.
- Try to have a piece of fruit after each meal. As most fruits are rather sweet, they make great desserts. Of course fruit is also the perfect healthy snack.
- Always have a fruit bowl in sight and reach, especially near the television. This will remind you to eat fruit and make it much more likely you will pick fruit over cookies when you’re feeling hungry.
- Why not have fruit on your sandwiches? It’s by far the easiest way to have fruit with your lunch. Some combinations worth trying: cheese spread with grapes or pear, Gouda cheese with pear or apple, chicken breast with pineapple or melon, uncooked ham with melon or pear and tuna salad with peach.
- Don’t throw your overripe fruit away, it’s great for making milkshakes and smoothies. A lovely treat for yourself. Kids will love it too!
- If your kids don’t really like fruit, try to combine it with ingredients they do like. You could, for example, bake a cake with fresh fruit or add fruit to their favorite breakfast cereals. To make fruit more attractive put it on a stick or make a colorful fruit salad.
- To add more variation to your smoothies you can use frozen fruit like strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or mangos. To make smoothies extra creamy add a frozen banana.
- If you have a green thumb, why not try to grow your own fruit? Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries or blackberries do well in open ground as well as in containers.
How do you make sure you eat enough fruit? Please share your tips!