It’s “five a day” time: what’s on your plate? Do you find a creative way to include fresh fruit in your diet or do you struggle? Let’s take a look to the easiest ways to make fruit fun every day. Because according to studies, the fruit and vegetable consumption has something to do with lower mortality.
In all honesty, do you eat five servings of fruit or vegetables every day? You know you should, yet it’s not always easy to comply. But the health and wellness trend that embraces mainly diets based on cruelty-free menus may change the balance for many of us. Until the vegetarian and vegan diets are embraced by the overwhelming majority, here are some tips to help even meat lovers get their daily dose of five a day without too much hassle.
Smoothies of all kinds
Somehow, nothing tastes better than a fresh smoothie. Either you make it with fresh milk, or with vegan milk, you will always enjoy the smooth-silky texture of a fruity drink that gives you that extra boost of vitamins and minerals you deserve. Smoothies have many health benefits you should not ignore. Some nutritionists say they help you lose weight. Well, provided that your general diet, combined with exercise, is designed to help you get rid of some extra pounds, they might. Other than that, smoothies provide hydration, they help you feel fuller for longer reducing cravings and aiding digestion, and the list of benefits goes on. You can also freeze smoothies to make yummy fruit slushies.
Water tastes “plain” for many people but the moment you add a handful of fruit per carafe, you will notice a difference. Every time you use fruit to enrich your water, you raise the amount of vitamin C, antioxidants, and other nutrients that can benefit your body. And, as some people claimed, fruit-infused water is a secret weight-loss aid.
Fruit juices are awesome too. There are many juice cleanses available on the internet, but you can easily just juice your favorite fruit for a glass of awesomeness. We love freshly squeezed orange juice in Greece.
Add fresh fruit to your müesli
Europeans, particularly Germans, Swiss, and Austrians, eat müesli in the morning. Müesli is the better alternative to sugar-rich American-style breakfast cereal. Add fresh or dried fruit to your müesli every day. According to LiveStrong:
Fruit provides vitamins and minerals such as Vitamin C and potassium. The vitamins and minerals help your body function properly and can help prevent certain diseases and health conditions. Bananas, a common breakfast food, provide a good source of potassium, an important nutrient in muscle health.
Fruit instead of snacks when you feel hungry
Every time you feel hungry between the main meals of the day have a piece of fruit instead of a processed snack. Citrus fruit and red fruit are highly recommended by nutritionists, and we all know that An apple a day keeps the doctor away.
Which other methods do you use for your five a day? Are you eating a rainbow too?