Fruit for You: Easy Ideas for Eating Fresh Produce

Make sure you get enough fruit in your diet.

from Stealth Health

13. Puree fresh or canned fruits (peaches, pear, mangoes, apricots, etc.) and use as an ice cream or pancake topping, suggest the nutrition twins, Tammy Lakatos Shames, R.D., and Lyssie Lakatos, R.D. The two are the authors of Fire Up Your Metabolism: 9 Proven Principles for Burning Fat and Losing Weight Forever.

14. Toss fresh or frozen berries onto cereal, salads, or ice cream. They’re also great stirred into yogurt or pancake and muffin mixes.

15. Freeze banana slices or grapes for a refreshing summer snack.

16. Every time you want a candy bar, have a small box of raisins instead. Raisins are sweet and healthy, and small boxes are just the right amount to fulfill a yen for a sweet treat.

17. Add fresh fruits like strawberries, blueberries, and bananas to pancake or waffle batter. Or dice over frozen pancakes or waffles.

18. Get your fruit in bread and cake once a week. How about applesauce cake, banana bread, strawberry, apple, or blueberry pie? Pineapple upside-down cake, anyone?

19. Use orange juice as a base for cooking whole grains.

20. Spice up store-bought salsas with fruit. Or make your own fruit-based salsas with pineapple, mango, or papayas. Mix with onions, ginger, a bit of garlic, some mint and/or cilantro, sprinkle on a few hot pepper flakes for fire, and chill.

21. Add diced kiwi, sliced grapes, or chopped apple to chicken, tuna, and turkey salads.

22. Keep cut-up melon in a container in the fridge. Use as a first course before dinner; wrap with prosciutto for an appetizer; mix with cottage cheese for breakfast; have a small bowl for a snack; even consider pureeing for a quick sauce over fish.

23. Shred (yes, we said shred) fresh fruit over plain yogurt. Use the large holes of a boxlike grater.

24. Use all-fruit jam on toast, bagels, waffles, or other breakfast foods. You can also mix it into nonfat cottage cheese or yogurt, or melt it in the microwave and use in place of syrup on pancakes and ice cream.