Eat well. Live well.

The healthy goodness of tree fruits is well documented. In fact, every day modern researchers come out with more good news about the synergistic and preventive effects of phytonutrients and antioxidants. Campaigns in both Canada and the US tout the value of fresh fruits and veggies as pivotal to positive overall health.

In Canada, the “Mix it Up” campaign communicates the health benefits of five to ten servings of fruit and vegetables a day and offers advice on how to incorporate them into every meal. The goal is to encourage Canadians to eat at least five servings per day to help reduce the risk of cancer and cardio-vascular disease. A major focus of the campaign, “Unlock Your Colours!” presents a simple method for selecting fruits and vegetables from five colour groups: red, yellow/orange, green, white/tan/brown, and blue/purple.

A campaign under the name “More Matters” in the US emphasizes the health benefits of a diet rich in colourful fruits and vegetables. It offers excellent tips on shopping, meal planning, recipe preparation and simple ways to involve kids in healthy cooking and shopping. Their goal: to get everyone eating more of the good stuff.

Fast food – the good kind.

In today’s fast-paced world, sometimes it’s hard to eat healthy. Here are a few ideas for getting more tree fruits, and more nutrition, into your diet:

  • Keep a piece or two of fresh fruit in your desk or tucked in your briefcase, lunchbox, or purse. Even with a hectic schedule, you’ll get a quick boost of energy in a healthy way.
  • Freeze cherries, blueberries, and grapes for quick, pop-in-your-mouth, sweet treats any time of the year.
  • Add grapes to tuna or chicken salad or toss fresh blueberries into salad.
  • Add fresh nectarines, apricots, or peaches to yogurt or ice cream.
  • Make up batches of refreshing smoothies. Be creative – most fresh fruits blend beautifully.