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Ten strategies to eat more fruits

Ellen Schuster, M.S., R.D., associate state specialist, curriculum & staff training coordinator, Family Nutrition Education Programs, Nutritional Sciences, University of Missouri Extension


Fruits should be an important part of your daily diet because they offer a lot of nutrients and health benefits. Here are some tips to help you eat more fruits.

1. Make fruits accessible. Put a fruit bowl on the table or counter and keep cut fruit in an easy-to-reach container in the refrigerator.

2. Make it easy - have precut fruits available at work and home.

3. For extra flavor, color or texture, add fruits to dishes like mandarin oranges to a tossed salad or pineapple to pizza.

4. Use fruit for your dessert choice. A juicy orange or baked apple makes a great ending to a meal.

5. Choose fruits as snacks. Apples, oranges and dried fruit travel well and can be eaten on the run.

6. Let your kids help. Kids can choose fruits they like and be involved in preparing them at home.

7. Be creative! Cut fruit and put it on a stick for a tasty kabob or make a refreshing fruit smoothie.

8. Top it off. Use fruit as a topping for pancakes, waffles, cereal or ice cream.

9. Eating canned fruits is a good alternative when fresh fruits aren’t in season.

10. Visit your local farmer’s market to get good buys. You might learn about fruits you haven’t tried!




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