3 Stress-free Ways To Get Your Daily Serving Of Fruit
By now, we are all aware that fruits are rich in vitamins and minerals that help us feel healthy and energized. But getting your recommended daily serving of fruit is much easier said than done. We should be eating about two servings (2 cups) of raw or cooked fruit per day, but the amount of careful thinking, planning and prepping that goes into consistently consuming your daily serving of fruit can be exhausting.
I’ve learned through many trials and errors that you have to be very intentional about incorporating your daily serving of fruit into your meals. You have to use your determination to commit to your decision, set some realistic goals, remain focused on what’s important and be open to learning from the mistakes that will happen along the way.
The list below contains some stress free ways to get some, if not all, of your recommended daily serving of fruit each day. The antioxidants and minerals in the fruit will have a positive effect on your mind, body and spirit. Just remember it takes 3 weeks to create a habit and 3 months to create a lifestyle.
1) Fruit Topping
Fruit topping, also known as fruit compote, is a quick and simple way to get some of your daily serving of fruit. To make fruit topping, you need to choose a fruit and a juice of your choosing to simmer down in a sauce pan. It takes about 8–10 minutes for the fruit to get soft enough to mash into a sauce. Then you just let it cool a little before you serve it. If it’s not sweet enough you can add a little honey or raw sugar to it. You can pour it on breakfast items such as pancakes or on desserts.
2) Fruit Glaze
Fruit glazes are a creative way to incorporate fruit into your meals. A fruit glaze can add a unique layer of flavor to foods like chicken and tofu. Fruit glaze is normally made with cooked fruit or fruit preserves that have been slow cooked along with other ingredients, spices and herbs. You can experiment with endless combinations of ingredients to make a fruit glaze. Some examples of a fruit glaze are Spicy Peach, Cherry Barbecue and Apricot-Balsamic.
3) Fruit in Baked Goods
You can start off by setting a goal of incorporating some fruit in at least one baked good per week. It’s a “no fuss” approach to eating more fruit everyday. You can add blueberries to some breakfast muffins or make some fresh banana bread or you can even try hiding some shredded zucchini in your next batch of chocolate brownies.
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You should consult your physician to recieve a professional diagnosis and get more advice about whether it’s safe for you to incorporate any of these items into your diet.