Happy National Fruit at Work Day!  On the first Tuesday in October, National Fruit at Work Day encourages some fruitiness to get you through the day. Not only is fruit tasty, but it’s good for you, too.

Raynah Avocado Dip Ingredients

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It might surprise you what constitutes a fruit, too. For example, an avocado qualifies as a fruit, not a vegetable. Combine this superfood with some peppers and tomatoes (also fruit) and the nutritional bonuses will keep adding up.

Three tomatoes on counter, close-up

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Another surprising fruit is the eggplant. This purple fruit falls into the berry categories. Bring on the Parmesan. The tomato also falls under the berry family.

The observance takes place during a time of year when many stone fruits come into season. Apples, pears, and more are ripe and delicious. Beyond the traditional fruits, squash also qualifies for this holiday. Their fall flavors blend well with other foods in season.

Blueberries

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Don’t limit yourself to the traditional idea of fruit during this occasion. Since many of the fruits we think of as vegetables are in season, it’s an excellent time to enjoy them.

Benefits

Fruit offers many advantages over other snacking choices we make every day.

  • All-natural – Fruit comes in the packages they were grown in. Each piece has no added calories, fillers or artificial flavorings.
  • High fiber – Natural fiber found in fruit
  • Energy source – While we love our coffee, fruit also adds a natural boost of energy.
  • Improves memory – Fruits high in antioxidants, vitamin k, folate, and monounsaturated fats improve brain function.

It’s simple. Pack some fruit and bring it to work. Snack on it throughout the day. Enjoy it for lunch. Share it with co-workers. Be sure to pack some for the kids and spouse, too. Try out new recipes with exotic fruits or bring out the old favorites.

Either way, get fruity. Show your enthusiasm for fruit.

 

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