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Dried Fruit: How It Can Save Your Waistline and Your Pocketbook

Are you getting your 5-7 servings of a fruit a day? Do you want to lose weight, feel great and save money at the same time?

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While for the most part I think fresh fruits and foods are always the best first choice to make, I do believe there are times when it’s more convenient and nice to have options and variety in those choices. Along these lines, recently, I’ve become more interested in trying different dried fruits. When I was a little girl, you couldn’t get me to try anything new for all the money in the world, now, I’m realizing that your tastes do change and inviting new potentially wonderful treats into your life can be a fun interesting journey.

I have a big sweet tooth. Now, I’ve researched this subject and have discovered that when a person craves sweets or feels hungry, it’s typically because they are actually dehydrated. In fact, studies indicate that approximately 60-70% of people are dehydrated on a regular basis which, quite interestingly, correlates directly with the fact that about the same percentage of the population is considered overweight or obese.

To counteract this phenomenon, be sure the next time you feel hunger pangs to give yourself and your loved ones a couple of glasses of water first, wait about 10 minutes and then see if you or they are still hungry. Often the body is simply just alerting you to the fact that it needs to be hydrated. I believe if more people start doing this with their children, especially, the percentage of obesity in American will drop, dramatically. The cost of your grocery bill will do so as well as your dentist and doctor bills. It’s all interrelated.

But, if you’re anything like me, for the times that you still have the need to snack on something sweet to satiate your cravings, dried fruit is a wonderful option to add to your diet. In my opinion, not only does sweetened or unsweetened dried fruit taste sweeter than its fresh counterpart which makes you feel like you’re eating candy, it also gives you the feeling that you’re actually eating food, because of its solid texture. I actually love it now because instead of turning to sugar candy when cravings strike me, which has absolutely no nutritional value, now I turn faithfully to dried fruits which offer me the vitamins I need and at the same time satisfying my hunger pangs.

In addition to that, they’re easy to travel with especially if you like to shop sparingly. With dried fruit you don’t have to worry about them perishing like you do with fresh fruits. While the price might seem a bit hefty for some packages, you will save money in the long run because they store longer, thus you won’t find yourself throwing out spoiled fruit, your health will be better saving on doctor’s trips, making exercising easier and so much more.

Right now, my favorites are raisins, very affordable and dried mangos, yum!

What are yours?

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  1. Good article. Must admit to liking a nibble on some dried fruit! lol

  2. Great article!

  3. I am one of those sad people that likes dried fruit on a lot of my foods so I certainly get my quota. I find them a delicious alternative to fresh fruit. A very well written and informative article.

    Christine

  4. garet article I also like dried fruit,specially in cakes :)

  5. Great article, I as well love dried fruit. :)

  6. TX for your ideas.

  7. This is really informative. I have a sweet tooth too so I get fruit as a snack too. I didn’t like raisins before, but they started to grow on me.

  8. Fabulous and nutritious write up Liane!

  9. I love dried mangoes!! But I have not had them for a while. I forgot they existed.LOL.Now I will have to look for them. I loved this, very good research and info.

  10. Love dried fruits. delicious and healthy. This is some nutritious article.

  11. Very helpful information..Dried Fruits are my daughter’s favorite..

  12. Excellent article and great info! I love dried fuit. God Bless.

  13. Not a big fan of dried fruit, but I think you wrote a fantastic article here! Thanks for sharing (:

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