And when I say diet, I mean the food you eat every day. Everyone is all GMO, organic, vegan and I’m over here just trying to get healthier. It’s a struggle and everywhere you look someone is trying to tell you how to eat. But you do you. I have found that I feel best when I eat most whole, real foods – a mix of carbs, protein and fats. As I have changed the way I eat over the past couple of years, one area I struggled with was eating fruit. I’m not a huge fruit fan and would much rather eat veggies any day, any time. Here are some ways I started eating more fruit and finding out what I liked. I think the most important thing to take away is find what you like and works for you and it’ll be easier to make the change to healthy eating.
- Buy what is in season and what is on sale. Generally these are the same thing. There are a TON of apple varieties. Luckily you only have to purchase one at a time to find if you prefer tart or sweet and crispy. I LOVE cantaloupe and watermelon in the summer. I was going through one watermelon a week for a while!
- Mooch. If you live with someone or go to eat with someone often, steal a bite of what they like. Or ask them their favorite fruit.
- Dress it up. Add peanut butter to fruit, it makes an excellent dipper. Or add to your toast, oatmeal or cereal.
- Frozen fruit smoothies. I think what got to to really start eating fruit was by blending it into a smoothie. Bananas and berries freeze extremely well and are great in smoothies. You can often find frozen fruit on sale – just make sure it doesn’t have added sugar or syrup. If you freeze your bananas, be sure to peel and chop them before freezing!
- Add it to yogurt. This is probably my favorite way to eat fruit. I love it super cold and mixed into my plain or vanilla yogurt.
- Add it to a salad. Citrus or berries are great additions to your salad. They add texture and sweetness. Or, you can try this fruit dessert salad I have posted before here. It has pudding and Cool Whip in it, but it is a great way to at least start eating fruit. I can think of worse things for dessert options!
- Dip it. Try dipping pieces of fruit in chocolate sauce or nut butter. That makes for a fun treat. Other sauces could be a yogurt sauce or a light cream cheese sauce.
- Blend it up. Besides making a smoothie you can make a faux dessert by using your food processor and fruit. Frozen bananas process into a creamy ice cream like texture. I have also seen a recipe for processing frozen bananas and strawberries together. That sounds delicious. Try out my caramel banana split recipe here.
- Precut your veggies if possible. It’s just so much easier to grab fruit when it is washed and cut, especially if you are hungry or in a hurry.
- Frozen grapes make for a super refreshing snack too – especially in warm weather.
I hope these tips can help you if you are not a fruit fan and are looking for ways to eat some more on a daily basis. Enjoy!