Thursday, March 3, 2011

Just Call Me Fruity Monster

ADA’s Tip of the Day:

Treat Yourself and Your Health with Fruit

Fruit not only makes for a great snack, but it can also satisfy a sweet tooth. Try these tips to add the recommended 2 cups of fruit daily to your eating plan.

  • Start your day by topping your cereal or whole-grain waffles or pancakes with sliced fruit or berries.
  • Add fruit to salads to boost nutrition and add texture and taste. Add orange slices or strawberries to spinach salads or toss grapes into a mixed green salad.
  • For dessert, add sliced bananas, berries or peaches to non-fat yogurt or as a topper on angel food cake.
  • Dried fruit makes a handy snack and can be equally as nutritious as fresh. However, be mindful of serving sizes.
  • Get saucy with fruit: Puree berries, apples, peaches or pears to serve as a thick, sweet sauce on grilled or broiled seafood or poultry, or drizzle over pancakes, French toast or waffles.

Juices also can count toward your recommended daily amount of fruits, but check the package label to be sure it says 100-percent fruit juice. Also, remember that fresh fruit provides fiber, which will make you feel fuller for longer.

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Just wanted to make sure you realized I was getting these tips directly from the ADA website – I’m not taking credit for writing these excellent tips!

Yesterday I definitely hit the mark with all the fruit I had. Lets count:

1 – Banana


2 – Strawberries


3 – Blueberries


4 – Plum


5 – Apple


I ate 5 different fruits yesterday! Just call me Fruity Monster :) Color of the day appears to be red though.

Today I didn’t quite hit the mark for fruit but I do have to say that green was my color for the day. Spinach, Cucumber, Broccoli. Throw in an Orange bell pepper for good measure!

And in other news, I’m back in NY for “spring break.” I’ve still got some assignment to complete which I’m going to do right now……


  1. Ooh I love the idea of creating a pureed fruit sauce for fish! Yum!

    Have tons of fun in NY!

  2. i had my fruit in a smoothie today! pineapple, banana, a frozen mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries). so delicious!

  3. yummm I love fruit. It's veggies I have issues with!

    Hope you had a good weekend :)

  4. I'll be honest, I'm more of a veggie girl than a fruit girl. I've found it more difficult to tell clients to eat fruit if they have a sweet tooth, because it just doesn't work for I feel dumb saying it to them! I do eat fruit in smoothies and with my yogurt, but I typically choose veggies over fruit, I'm strange! Today has been a "Green day" for me too...asparagus, broccoli and spinach for lunch!

  5. I have to say, bananas are my favorite fruit these days...although I love them all and can't wait for summer (watermelon!).