Healthy Eating Tips: Eating More Fruit

Healthy Eating Tips: Eating More Fruit


Hi there. My name is Kathleen
and I’m a dietitian here at the University of
Ottawa heart institute and we are here
today to talk about fruits and trying
to include more fruits. So everyone knows that fruits
and vegetables are good for you and health Canada recommends
aiming to eat at least seven to ten servings of fruits and
vegetables combined in a day. And you want about
three or four of those to come from your fruit. So many people will say to me, “I find it so
hard to get fruit in. I buy it and then I forget
to eat it or I throw it out at the end of the week.” There is many things you
can do to make it a bit easier. So keeping your fruit on
the counter instead of putting it in the fridge
where you forget about it, put a bowl out on your counter
so that every time that you walk by you will think maybe
I’ll have a piece of fruit. You could
also make a fruit salad, so make a
big fruit salad one day and it will keep
in your fridge for a few days so that it’s really
easy to just ladle it out, you can take it in lunches,
you can have it for breakfast, it’s something
that’s easy to do. Another great option
is to actually make smoothies and smoothies are
a great way to include fruit, they also could
be a great breakfast, so you can kind of kill
two birds with one stone there, increase your fruit intake and help your breakfast
intake as well. So if you have got a blender,
you want to take a cup of frozen fruit whatever
fruit you decide you like, take a cup
throw it in your blender, put in three quarters
of a cup to a cup of yogurt and about a cup
of milk and just blend it. That way you have got a cup
of fruit there, some yogurt, some milk, it’s also a good
way to share with somebody else, if you have got a coffee mug,
stick it in your coffee mug and away you go. So again, you really just
want to try and make it easy to eat that fruit and
so if you have got it available and it’s ready to go, you are
much more likely to eat it.