Color Me Healthy Focus on Fruit

Fruits provide nutrients vital for health, such as potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and folate (folic acid). Most fruits are naturally low in fat, sodium, and calories.


Tips to Help Your Family Eat More Fruit!


1. Keep visible reminders.

Keep a bowl of whole fruit on the table, counter, or in the refrigerator


2. Think about taste.

Buy fresh fruit in season when they may be less expensive and at their peak flavor. Add fruit to sweeten a recipe


3. Think about variety.

Buy fruit that are dried, frozen, and canned (in water or 100% juice) as well as fresh, so that you always have a supply on hand.


4. Don’t forget the fiber.

Make most of your choices whole or cut-up fruit, rather than juice, for the benefits that dietary fiber provides.


5. Be a good role model.

Set a good example for children by eating fruit every day with meals or as snacks.


6. Keep fruit safe.

Rinse fruit before eating them, including those you plan to peel (such as melons). Under clean, running water, rub fruit briskly to remove dirt and surface microorganisms.


7. Snack on fruit.

Dried fruit make great snacks. They are easy to carry and store well.


8. Try fruit for dessert.

Fruit is a treat that is also good for you! At lunch, pack a tangerine, banana, or grapes. After dinner, have fruit with yogurt or EFNEP’s cinnamon dip.