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FDA Healthy Tips On Eating Fruit

According to the USDA website, there are tips for helping people eat fruit. Not only are there tips for grown-ups, but for children too!

  • Just a few of their tips and tools are posted here:
    “Tips to help you eat (MORE) fruits”




    In General:
    Keep a bowl of whole fruit on the table, counter, or in the refrigerator.
    Refrigerate cut-up fruit to store for later.
    Buy fresh fruits in season when they may be less expensive and at their peak flavor.
    Buy fruits that are dried, frozen, and canned (in water or 100% juice) as well as fresh, so that you always have a supply on hand.
    Choose packaged fruits that do not have added sugars.


    For the best nutritional value:
    Make most of your choices whole or cut-up fruit rather than juice, for the benefits dietary fiber provides.
    Select fruits with more potassium often, such as bananas, prunes and prune juice, dried peaches and apricots, and orange juice.
    When choosing canned fruits, select fruit canned in 100% fruit juice or water rather than syrup.
    Vary your fruit choices.
  • At Meals: Breakfast – 
    Top your cereal with bananas or peaches; add blueberries to pancakes
    Drink 100% orange or grapefruit juice.
    Mix fresh fruit with plain fat-free or low-fat yogurt
    Lunch:
    Pack a tangerine, banana, or grapes to eat
    Choose fruits from a salad bar
    Individual containers of fruits like peaches or applesauce are easy and convenient.
  • Dinner:
    Add crushed pineapple to coleslaw, or include orange sections or grapes in a tossed salad
    Make a Waldorf salad, with apples, celery, walnuts, and a low-calorie salad dressing
    Try meat dishes that incorporate fruit, such as chicken with apricots or mangoes
    Add fruit like pineapple or peaches to kabobs as part of a barbecue meal
    Dessert:
    Have baked apples, pears, or a fruit salad
  • Snacks:
    Cut-up fruit makes a great snack. Cut them yourself, or try whole fresh berries or grapes.
    Dried fruits also make a great snack. They are easy to carry and store well. Because they are dried, ¼ cup is equivalent to ½ cup of other fruits.
    Keep a package of dried fruit in your desk or bag.
    As a snack, spread peanut butter on apple slices or top plain fat-free or low-fat yogurt with berries or slices of kiwi fruit.
    Frozen juice bars (100% juice) make healthy alternatives to high-fat snacks.
    Make fruit visually pleasing and appealing:
    Many fruits taste great with a dip or dressing. Try fat-free or low-fat yogurt as a dip for fruits like strawberries or melons.
    Make a fruit smoothie by blending fat-free or low-fat milk or yogurt with fresh or frozen fruit.
    Try unsweetened applesauce as a lower calorie substitute for some of the oil when baking cakes.
    Try different fruit textures – Try crunchy, smooth and creamy,and juicy.
    For fresh fruit salads, mix apples, bananas, or pears with acidic fruits like oranges, pineapple, or lemon juice to keep them from turning brown.
  • Fruit tips for children:
    Set a good example for children by eating fruit every day with meals or as snacks.
    Offer children a choice of fruits for lunch.
    Depending on their age, children can help shop for, clean, peel, or cut up fruits.
    While shopping, allow children to pick out a new fruit to try later at home.
    Decorate plates or serving dishes with fruit slices.
    Top off a bowl of cereal with some berries. Or, make a smiley face with sliced bananas for eyes, raisins for a nose, and an orange slice for a mouth.
    Offer raisins or other dried fruits instead of candy.
    Make fruit kabobs with pineapple chunks, bananas, grapes, and berries.
    Offer fruit pieces and 100% fruit juice to children.
  • Keep Fruit Safe:
    Rinse fruits before preparing or eating them. Under clean, running water, rub fruits briskly with your hands to remove dirt and surface microorganisms. Dry with a clean cloth towel or paper towel after rinsing.
    Keep fruits separate from raw meat, poultry and seafood while shopping, preparing, or storing.
  • *Text Information courtesy of,”USDA my plate fruit group-Tips to help you eat fruit,” government website.