Winter Fruit Fix

Get the recommended daily fruit allowance when fruit is not in season.
4:47 | 12/21/11

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Course we all know that we should be getting our recommended daily allowance of fruit by as winner is here fresh fruit can be a little harder line. And with a lot of fruit out of season the price goes up quality goes down. So what are choices here to answer that question is registered dietitian and author of the -- who died here last -- -- thanks for being with us today happy -- they happy holidays to you. We love this time of the year but it can be little difficult to get fresh fruit. Do we need more -- in the wintertime as -- other times of the year. We don't necessarily need more food during the wintertime it's just that it's a little bit harder to get many people don't -- during the attack -- in would have the -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- a lot in the -- some good stuff. What is it -- requirement for proof. Well the government recommends two and a half cups of fruits and vegetables a day -- I usually tell people is. Get vegetables and at lunch absolutely get vegetables in at dinner absolutely and two types of vegetables -- -- servings had to say two types like. But you're having broccoli also have a vegetable soup at the beginning of the meal or salad at beginning of the meal. And -- have -- -- weather be it breakfast snack. Or one -- dessert so that's it easy sort of way to get in without worrying so much about the exact portion after serving. A lot of people get turned off about the decision to bring -- -- measuring copper cables with something like that people just get turned off many kind of restriction and die so our. A lot of fruits out of season what can we look for them. So what -- wanted to it was obviously you'd like to eat fruits in season an apples are in season throughout most of the winter here so that is a fruit that we can go for many people know that. So the prices go -- but what fruits. -- would be willing to pay more for the bad it's obvious way to price. Well if you're going to -- only some fruits and vegetables are one at that dirty dozen so the fruits and vegetables that the most pesticides. -- and don't -- -- actions by those are out apples strawberries he is. An -- and opened. Varieties. OK but if you can't go organic and you can't go fresh all the time French first -- -- a lot of people always concerned about whether you're gonna get the same nutritional value from that so what about something. What what can you get that's frozen has just as much benefit as others. Well actually. Fruits and vegetables in general have more nutritional value when they're frozen because they're picked. At prying right yes so actually you're retaining more vitamins and minerals so all those -- that you love in the summer you can -- -- in the winter frozen. Add them to oatmeal at them to smooth these add them to salads. I actually like to warm them -- and just and have them as a warm fruit salad bar he -- taking something like grapefruit that many people eat in the winter which is obviously good because of the vitamin C. For fighting those colds -- the wintertime I left a broiled grapefruit or -- real other fruits -- Why it and that's and that's an -- kind of -- take a summer in the middle of January or -- and -- that kind of staving off that winter depression don't blueberries blackberries just as nutritious if they're frozen absolutely what do we have to get -- -- What it's like getting Apple's just lucky to get fresh so there be no reason you know Ted obviously store those are getting. I in the president of the -- find -- -- but something like Apple's easy to go to your farmer's market and buy those you need to worry about that but the -- obviously by them frozen all year around. And speaking of farmer's market action as a report that just came out of the number of farmers' market's winter farmers' -- from the country's up like 38%. So there's a lot more interest in people buying locally -- -- nutritional value probably also for the price consciousness as well people. -- -- buying local they're more interested in buying you know things that are again. Produced in their area support in the local community which is obviously really nice -- -- local farmer's market in my neighborhood is opened. All year round every single Saturday rain or shine so I mean they are it's happening so it's nice -- obviously go -- by what ever is in season. And then go for fresh when you have to have and know that you are still getting the nutritional value in there and don'ts the -- I'll wager. That -- exited his snowy and rainy -- things that lastly what about dried fruit because a lot of times it's easy to take on ago. It is and -- -- is very sweet and can really satisfy. That's sweet craving right now especially during the holiday season he is very caloric -- I say you really do you have to be careful portions with dried fruit. Apricot for example fresh apricot one cup will be about 100 calories dry. 400 calories a cup of dried up now so it is more caloric so there's obviously more sugar you want to be careful there but just a little bit does rabbi. A whole lot of nutritional value and -- -- as a sweet craving so go for it but really be mindful of portions when it comes to try and guess in the fruit cake doesn't qualify as a free product now -- -- different take. Groundbreaking and an I'd bet that that very appetizing carrot that's been thank you so much great information OK happy how many happy holidays.

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