Fruity Goodness

August 25, 2011
Look at that mouth-watering goodness!  This is a pic from my breakfast this morning…and yes, I did cut and make this fruit mixture of strawberries, kiwi and mango:)  My inspiration for today’s blog post came from my excitement to eat this delicious fruit today (I know I’m a little crazy that I get excited over fruit)!
So, let’s get started with some of the benefits of fruit, specifically strawberries, kiwi and mango.  Strawberries are full of fiber, antioxidants and vitamin C. They help fight cancer and are an anti-inflammatory.  Kiwi is not a fruit most people buy or think about eating, but they are packed full of nutrients including vitamin C, fiber and potassium.  Mango is a great fruit to eat to help with digestion and your eyesight and it fights cancer.  It is full of vitamin A and E and Iron.
The new USDA MyPlate icon says to fill half your plate with fruits and veges every meal.  Since that is somewhat vague, I would suggest eating 3-5 servings of fruit a day! So, my challenge to you today is to start eating more fruit everyday and try to eat some with each meal. 
A good way to make sure you’re eating enough fruit is to wash and cut up your fruit the night before so you can easily eat it for breakfast (this meal is a must-more to come in another post) or on your way to work.  Another great idea is to pack an apple or banana to eat as a mid-afternoon snack and put some healthy, all natural peanut butter on it!  Yum, now that is one healthy snack:)  The trick is to make sure you have fruits conveniently available during the day so you can grab it quickly.  Otherwise, you are more likely to go grab a bag of m&m’s or something from the snack machine.
Food for Thought: One of my friends recently told me that she read the average American eats less than 1 kiwi per year.  You’re missing out if you fall into that category since kiwi is full of vitamins and minerals.  They actually have more vitamin C than oranges and as much potassium as bananas-all packed in one sweet and tart little fruit!  Just cut it in half and use a spoon to scoop out the goodness!

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