Kids and adults are eating less and less fruits these days. Only about 25 percent meet the recommended daily produce recommendations of two fruit and three veggie servings. And sugar intake is high! Altogether the average American takes in about 22 teaspoons of added sugar each day, the equivalent of 35 two-pound boxes a year. According to the American Heart Association the target should be no more than 6 level teaspoons a day for women, or 9 teaspoons for men.
Substituting sugary desserts with fruits can make this equation a lot healthier!
Bake or grill sliced apples, pears, pineapple, or mango. Instead of adding sugar just grill in foil or bake on a cookie sheet at 375 degrees Fahrenheit then dust with cinnamon, cloves, or fresh grated ginger. For a crunchy topping, sprinkle with toasted rolled oats or unsweetened shredded coconut. For creamier alternatives, layer fruits with organic nonfat yogurt or a nondairy yogurt made from coconut or almond milk. Or melt a few squares of dark chocolate (70 percent cocoa or greater) as a dip for fresh berries.
Microwave bananas for a minute, then drizzle with a tiny amount of honey, or add dark chocolate chips for a richer experience.
There are so many great options with fruits!