6. Keep a fruit bowl filled wherever you spend the most time. This could be at work, near your home computer, or even in the television room. And keep five to eight pieces of fresh fruit in it at all times, such as bananas, oranges, apples, grapes, or plums. Most fruit is fine left at room temperature for three or four days. But if it’s out and staring at you, it’s not likely to last that long. A piece of fruit makes a perfect snack — as often as four times per day.
7. Get your fruits dried. Dried fruits are very portable and have a long shelf life. Take them to work, on shopping trips, or even on vacation. Raisins and prunes are classic choices. Also try dried cranberries and blueberries, which are extremely high in phytonutrients, or dried apricots, which are chock-full of beta-carotene, says Mary Gregg, R.D., director of Human Care Services for NutriSystem, Inc. Other options include dates, figs, dried peaches, dried pears, and dried bananas.
8. Bring fruit with you anytime you plan on driving your car for more than an hour. Once you are on the highway and cruising along, an apple or a nectarine tastes great and helps break the tedium.
9. Keep an apple in your pocket whenever you go for long walks. It will be your reward for getting to the midpoint of your walk.
10. Substitute prune puree for oil in baking. This works particularly well for brownies, says Lammersfeld. You can also try applesauce.
11. Make Monday red day. And eat only red fruits. Tuesday should be orange day, and so on. Here are some ideas from Peggy Hughes, author of 30 Days to a Healthier Family.
- Monday. Red. Apples, cherries, cranberries, red grapes, plums, strawberries.
- Tuesday. Orange. Apricots, cantaloupes, kumquats, nectarines, oranges, papaya,
- Wednesday. Yellow or white. Bananas, yellow apples, grapefruit, mangoes, pineapple.
- Thursday. Blue or violet. Blackberries, black raspberries, grapes, plums, figs.
- Friday. Green. Limes, pears, kiwi.
12. Mix fruits in with your salad. A sprinkle of raisins, some cut-up strawberries, a diced apple, or some sliced kiwi all make great additions to the typical tossed salad.