Eat Your Fruit

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When I scan the dining halls, I often see glasses filled to the top with juice.  Sometimes, I see two or three glasses being taken down without much thought.  Fruit juice can be rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. However, let’s do some math for a common fruit, oranges and orange juice:

1 serving of fruit = about 1 baseball sized orange = about 4 ounces of juice

The glasses in the dining hall are 12 – 14 ounces when filled to the top.  Therefore,

       1 glass of juice = about 3 oranges = 180 calories

       2 glasses of juice = about 6 oranges = 360 calories

       3 glasses of juice = about 9 oranges = 540 calories

Here are some tips to cut down on juice:

  1. Add the lime, lemon, cucumber, or orange slices (which are found at the filtered water station) to your water
  2. Fill 1/4 of your glass with juice and then the rest with water or unsweetened iced tea
  3. Drink water while enjoying a more fiber-filled piece of fruit
  4. Look for fresh juicing days in the dining hall where we blend fruits and vegetables together
  5. Savor the juice by freezing it in ice-trays with Popsicle sticks to create a refreshing treat
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