Getting fruit nutrition in your diet is much easier than you may expect. Or perhaps you already get plenty of different types of fruit in your diet. Which I hope that you do. The USDA recommends that a woman eats between 1 1/2 to 2 cups per day.
That is a great baseline. But I propose that we need more than that amount of nutrient dense fruits each day for our bodies to thrive. You can get that amount of fruit just by making a smoothie every morning! That doesn't even take into account the rest of the day’s intake of food.
Chocolate has this strange hold on my day to day habits. I was thinking about that today... If I would just make one positive step in the right direction every day, my health could be drastically improved. When I reach for that chocolate bar... I go to the fridge instead and delight in some juicy pieces of fruit. But alas... life is just not that easy to break bad habits. But it can happen.
Did you know that it takes over 5 cups of strawberries have less calories than one regular chocolate bar! These are just a few of the benefits that you would receive: 15g of fiber, tons of vitamin C, and your daily dose of manganese. Plus, if you blend them into a delicious strawberry smoothie recipe, you are receiving extra benefits.
Also, you wouldn’t have a sugar high from the avoided chocolate, your weight loss efforts would only be benefited rather than diminished (if that is your goal), and you would have a greater outlook on life because you conquered your temptation. Wow!
Taking steps, even baby steps, to removing unhealthy habits and replacing them with healthy habits is a key to getting and staying vibrant and energized.
A fruit smoothie is a great place to start adding fruit into your diet. Check out some of my fruit smoothie recipes.
Not only will fruit assist with higher quality of life, it may also prevent disease. I know, I know... Prevention of disease may not be on your mind until that fateful day in the doctor’s office. Then you will be asking yourself “why didn’t I eat healthier?”.
Why not change your future today? Why not change the future of your kids’ health? Why not change your legacy?
The benefits of fruit nutrition in disease prevention are so hard to encompass on a single article. There is just a vast array of different studies and health experts that encourages man, woman, and child to eat more fruit. I personally believe that God not only gave us so many different kinds of fruit and vegetables to tantalize our taste buds but also to fuel our bodies.
Yes, I could list article after article on fruit nutrition and disease prevention, such as prevention of cancer and heart disease. But there is so much yet to be discovered on all of the nutrients and benefits of fresh produce.
Pretty cool, huh? That concept gives me goose bumps just thinking about it.
You can even use fresh fruit or vegetable juices in your smoothies. Here are some juicing tips to get you started.
One reason that fruit may prevent disease is the nutrient density of the calorie. Just in one cup of cantaloupe in a melon smoothie gives you a day’s worth of vitamin C and A with only 56 calories. If you eat a variety of fruits you can get a variety of vitamins and minerals that your body loves and craves!
Eat fruit with the different growing seasons. You get more nutrients in your fruit when they are fully ripened on the tree. Plus, you save money buying them in season. Below are a few fruits in each season.
Spring: Apricots, Mango, Pineapple, and Strawberries
Summer: Blackberries, Blueberries, Nectarines, Peaches, Plums, Raspberries, and Watermelon
Fall: Apples, Figs, Grapes, Pears, and Pomegranates
Winter: Grapefruit, Lemons, Oranges, and Tangerines
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