Weight Management Tips: Easy Ways to Add More Fruit to Your Diet
Successful weight management diet revolves around eating a variety of healthy foods to balance your intake of macronutrients (fats, proteins and carbohydrates) and micronutrients (vitamins and minerals). Fruits play an especially important role due to their healthy fibers and high micronutrient content. If you struggle to get enough fruit in your diet, here’s a few easy ways to add more.
Augment Your Recipe Book
Fruit can add a natural sweetness to almost any recipe, while also introducing more fiber, vitamins and minerals to your diet. For example, applesauce can replace butter or oil in various baking recipes at a ratio of one-to-one. It can also replace eggs with 1/4 cup replacing 1 egg. Fruits are also a great addition to salads, especially grapes and berries.
Blend smoothies using fresh or frozen fruits. Divide the fruit into single portions in freezer bags and freeze. Move the individual bag into the refrigerator the night before you plan to make your smoothie for easier blending in the morning. Simply add water or unsweetened vanilla almond milk and blend. Use a natural low-calorie sweetener like Stevia if you prefer sweeter smoothies.
Keep Fresh Fruit Handy
Wash and prepare your fruit in advance. Slice it into serving sizes and keep in a tight-sealed Tupperware. For fruits that turn brown, like apples, squeeze a little fresh lemon juice over the top and stir before storing. Having fruit easily on hand and already prepared will make you more likely to reach for them instead of other less healthy snacks.
Carry Dried Fruits
While fresh fruits are preferable, when you need a quick snack on the go, consider dried fruits like apples, plums or pineapples. The drying process concentrates the sugars, so make sure you eat these in moderation.
A healthy weight management diet revolves around much more than just fruits. Contact us today to see how we can help you develop a balanced diet for your optimum health and weight loss.
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May 23, 2014