Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and everyone is excited for the wonderful time they have to celebrate with family and friends, and of course, Thanksgiving dinner! Your menu has probably been planned for quite some time, but it is never too late to add some extra nutrients by adding fruit to your menu. Here are some ways to celebrate this day with festive fruit!
- Set out a bowl of fruit on the counter –If fruit is set out and in sight, people will be more likely to grab a piece for breakfast or a snack. Set out a big bowl of apples, oranges, bananas, and pears so that guests can grab a piece or two when they need an extra boost of energy or something to hold them over until the big meal.
- Serve a winter fruit salad with the meal- Mix chopped apples, pears, oranges, pomegranate seeds, and canned pineapple in its juices for a tasty treat. The canned pineapple helps to keep the apples and pears from turning brown, allowing you to make the salad in advance and keeping it fresh until served.
- Make applesauce in a crockpot -This is a stress-free side dish or dessert that is naturally sweet. Add cinnamon and nutmeg for festive spices!
- Make warm fruit compote or poached pears- These are healthy dessert options without a lot of added sugar.
Fruit can easily be forgotten during the holidays because there are so many desserts and sweet treats around. But add sone to your meal to increase the balance and nutrient profile. This Thanksgiving, jazz up your holiday table with some festive fruit!
Natalie Senninger is a third year Dietetics major at The University of Dayton. She plans to become a Registered Dietitian.
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