Summer: A wonderful time to enjoy fresh fruit

The American Heart Association recommends that we eat at least four servings of fruits per day. Seasonal fruits are abundant this time of year.
Ayesha Qureshi
Ayesha Qureshi, MPH

Now that summer is here, that means an abundance of yummy, seasonal fruits. If you’re not in a habit of eating fruit, now is a good time to start. Fresh fruit is a healthy, tasty and refreshing treat.

Fruits are a health choice because they are high in fiber and contain much nutritional value. Summer fruits include berries, peaches, nectarines, plums, and melons — each with its own nutritional advantages. A few of the many benefit of eating fruits are:

• Reduce risk of chronic disease: diabetes, heart disease

• May protect against certain cancers

• Great low-calorie snacks

• Great source of fiber

For those who are diabetic or watching carbs, the American Diabetes Association provides a great list and tips on consuming fruit.

The American Heart Association recommends that we eat at least four servings of fruits per day. This is easy to accomplish with all the variety of seasonal fruit now available. Add fresh fruit to your meals, make fruit smoothies, or top it on yogurt or oatmeal. An apple is an easy fruit to transport; it keeps well and makes for a nice work snack.

Need a sweet fix? Keep some grapes in the freezer and eat them frozen. They taste like candy. My favorite way to consume fruits is to include them in a green smoothie. Even frozen fruits will work.

Get creative this summer; add some fruit to your diet.

This article was made possible with support from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, which has sponsored Qcitymetro’s Health Page since 2010.

Ayesha Qureshi, MPH
Ayesha Qureshi is a certified health and wellness coach and has a background in health behavior and health education.
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