If greens and veggies make up the bulk of main meals on the plant based diet, then fruits have their fair share in satisfying your sweet tooth. Just like the color coded health benefits of vegetables discussed in the previous posts, fruits also follow the same principles. Fruits have also been categorized into the colors of the rainbow and their benefits classified similarly.
No meal plan is complete without dessert and snacks and this is where fruits come into the picture on the plant-based diet. Not only can fruits be added to a breakfast option such as a Greek yogurt and fruit parfait, or chopped up fruit on your cereal, but can also be enjoyed on their own as a snack, be baked into goods or served as dessert.
Fruits come with all the natural goodness of fiber, vitamins and minerals and antioxidants. They are not only delicious but also healthful since they can help boost the immune system (think vitamin C rich fruits), can help lower blood pressure, can help reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke with their potassium content such as in bananas, and offer anti-inflammatory benefits such as from cherries and other berries.
The plant-based diet’s emphasis on including a variety of fruits into the diet is a step to help reduce the risk of chronic diseases. It has been observed that people who eat fruit as part of a healthy diet generally do not suffer from vitamin deficiencies.
Plus most fruits are naturally low in fat, sodium as well as in calories. This makes fruit an ideal choice for people who may be trying to lose weight and keep it off.
Of course, the sugar content in fruit is still a concern, but you can easily choose from fruits that do not have a high sugar content but still offer plenty of fiber content to help keep you satiated. Different kinds of berries, citrus fruits like oranges and grapefruit, along with peaches, papaya and avocados are all excellent examples.
And of course, there is always the convenience of eating fruit since it can be eaten as is with no need to cook or prepare it. Most fruit is enjoyable in any form whether it is fresh, frozen, dried or freshly squeezed.
Make sure to add more fresh fruit to your diet today!
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