March Mondays Monthly Challenge
Cutting Processed Foods
Fruit is nature’s candy. It’s usually not too difficult to convince people to eat fruit. But do you think you could eat more?
And how many different varieties of fruit can you eat?
IMPORTANT NOTE!!! Please know that juice doesn’t count as a fruit serving. When you drink juice, you are concentrating all the sugars from the fruit without adding in any of the natural fiber from the fruit to slow down the absorption of the sugar into your body. Yes, they are natural sugars, and yes, you’ll still get some vitamins and nutrients from the juice, but you should be focusing on eating whole fruits so you get all those great benefits.
Here is a list of a few favorites to give you some ideas:
- Berries – We always have blueberries in our freezer, no matter what. We also love to grab fresh strawberries, raspberries, etc. Lots of pesticides are used in the growing of conventional berries, so I recommend always buying them organic.
- Melons – There are so many different kinds! Cantaloupe and honeydew are my favorites, and most people would also never say no to a good watermelon.
- Mango – These are very low in pesticide use, so don’t worry about going organic. However, make sure to compare prices because organic mango is often the same price or cheaper. It’s also easy to find frozen mango chunks, and these are great to have on hand!
- Cherries – Also great to grab a big bag of frozen, so yummy in smoothies.
- Apples – The tried and true staple. These are super high in pesticide use, so buy your apples organic whenever possible.
- Citrus – The little easy-peel oranges are so easy to take anywhere you go, and come already in their own convenient, biodegradable packaging. Love them! We also love to eat grapefruit, and of course lemons for our morning lemon water.
- Bananas – We go through so many bananas every day at our house, I don’t know what we’d do without them! They can also be used as an egg replacer in recipes, or to add sweetness in smoothies or other recipes.
- Avocados – Yes, they are a fruit! This is another one that is so low in pesticides that it doesn’t really matter if you buy organic ones, but often the organic ones are cheaper anyway!
- Grapes – Have you ever tried frozen grapes as a snack? So perfect on a hot summer day.
- Peaches/nectarines/plums/etc. – There is nothing better than a fresh peach right off the tree.
- Pineapple – Canned pineapple is often canned in sugary syrup or juice, so I highly recommend you eat yours fresh. It tastes better that way, anyway!
Of course, the bigger variety of fruits you eat, the more different nutrients you are going to get.
A serving of fruit is one whole fruit for things like oranges, peaches, apples, etc.; and about one cup of cut-up fruit for things like melons, mango, pineapple, etc.
What is your favorite kind of fruit?