The #1 Way to Eat More Fruit, According to a Dietitian
Even as a dietitian, I struggle with eating enough fruit (and sometimes veggies, but I struggle most with fruit). I much prefer savory, salty foods over sweet and, as a result, I really have to push myself to reach for a piece of fruit every day—especially so in the winter when most of my favorite fruits are out of season. But recently, I started back up on a smoothie kick and have been eating more fruit than I have in months! Here's why I think smoothies are the No. 1 way to eat more fruit, plus my current favorite smoothie that's made with just three ingredients.
You can pack two or more servings of fruit into one smoothie
The USDA recommends eating 1 to 2 cups (or pieces) of fruit per day and advises that doing so can help protect against conditions like heart disease and certain types of cancer, make weight loss easier and ultimately lower your risk of death. While I will still snack on an apple, banana or orange, blending 2 cups of fruit into a smoothie is much more attainable for every day.
My typical smoothie uses about 1 1/2 cups of frozen fruit, plus 1 cup of fruit juice (which counts as a serving) to add up to 2 1/2 servings.
Pictured Recipe: Spinach-Avocado Smoothie
Stashing a bag of frozen fruit in your freezer means you can always make a smoothie
Frozen fruit is super convenient and just as healthy, if not healthier than fresh, as it's frozen at peak ripeness. By making frozen fruit a staple on your shopping list, you'll always have some on hand to get your fruit fix. Just toss some in a blender with yogurt, kefir or some type of milk and whir away. Bonus points if you add in a handful of fresh spinach, or some nut butter, avocado, chia or flax seeds, for a more filling smoothie.
Pictured Recipe: Anti-Inflammatory Cherry-Spinach Smoothie
Lately, I've really been loving mixed frozen fruit, like Wyman's Tropical Berry Coconut mix and Mango Berry mix. The tropical fruit in these blends make me feel like I'm on a beach somewhere, rather than at my desk.
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It can take just a few minutes to mix up a tasty, refreshing smoothie
Need a quick breakfast or snack idea? Whip up a smoothie! They're so easy to make (especially when you try my three-ingredient combo below) and can be packed up to take on the go. The bright fruit flavor is super refreshing first thing in the morning and is a nice pick-me-up when you feel that afternoon slump coming on. Plus, cleanup is a breeze—just give your blender a quick rinse afterward, so it's all clean and ready to use tomorrow.
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3-Ingredient Tropical Tangerine Smoothie
Loaded with vitamins C and A, fiber and 10 grams of protein from the kefir, this refreshing tropical smoothie is a delicious and healthy way to eat more fruit. It's a great snack and a healthy addition to your regular breakfast.
- 1 1/2 to 2 cups frozen tropical fruit mix
- 1 cup whole-milk kefir
- 1 cup tangerine juice
Makes: 2 1/2 cups