Fruits contain many nutrients essential to a healthy body, including vitamins, folate, fiber, and potassium. The nutrients and their amounts depend on the type of fruit, but all are good for you. They are an important part of the daily diet.
Fruits have natural sugars in them, but they have fiber as well. Most juices are stripped of fiber, meaning even 100% fruit juice is mainly sugar. Just because it is fruit, does not mean it is healthy without the fiber. I rarely have juice any more, preferring smoothies.
The food pyramid recommends 2 cups of fruit a day for adults, I do believe. Less for children. When trying to lose weight, one fruit serving a day would be enough. (I usually try get in 1 serving a fruit a day, because I’m looking to lose weight, but do go over that on occasion.)
So, what is a serving? For an adult, that would be 1 small fruit a day. One small banana, one small apple, and so on.
Now, when buying fruit, what do you go for? The biggest bananas? The largest apples or oranges? If you’re sharing each with someone else this may indeed be the cheapest way to go. Or if you freeze fruits for making smoothies.
If you are only feeding yourself the large fruit is too much for one serving, and it may be cheaper to go with the small sizes. Especially if you wont really eat what was left over from a large a piece of fruit.
And, what types of fruit should you get? Whatever is affordable the day you are shopping. Some days that may be lemons and limes, bananas, and kiwi. Other days you might find clementines, apples, and peaches are more affordable. I try to wait until I get to the store to decide what I’ll buy. Simply go in and see what fruits have the best deals. Get those.
With these fruits, you can make a number of flavored waters without needing any sweetener. Or, eat many of them as is.
In season, look for great deals on berries and melons. These are great to put in pancakes, or to eat as is. You can make a salad from a few different types of these fruit. Have a cup of the salad a day with your breakfast, or sprinkle a few berries on top of a vegetable salad.
And, if you live in the right area, pick the berries for a discount or free. You could even grow them yourself.
Cube and freeze any leftovers to use later. This will save money in the long run, and the fruit can then be used to make sauces, pancakes, muffins, smoothies, and more.
NOTE: Try to move away from processed foods as much as possible. The savings will free up money for more fresh produce.
How do you save money on fruit? Let us know in the comments, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.