Fruit Dieting

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Fruit, a Key to a Successful Weight Loss Plan

It's low in calories, is free of fat, is filling, healthy and it tastes great. Diet Bites has the following plan based on three meals which can assist in losing excess belly fat.

You can use these menus as examples in planning your personal menus for your weight loss plan. All are packed with healthy fruits.

Breakfast Menu, About 350 Calories

1 serving of hot or cold cereal
1/2 cup of sliced strawberries OR sliced banana for your cereal
1 serving of skim milk
1 cup of 100% fruit juice [apple, orange, grapefruit, grape, prune]

Mid-Morning Snack, 150 Calories

1 sweet, natural peach + 1 serving of peach nectar

Lunch Menu, 500 Calories

2 slices of whole grain bread OR a ciabatta roll OR a kangaroo pocket
1 slice of skim-based mozzarella cheese
a few slices of ripe avocado AND a few slices of sun-ripened tomato [both are fruits]
Mayo or mustard for the spread. Mustard will save more calories.
1 serving of sun-dried tomatoes [also a fruit]
1 lettuce leaf
1 serving of vegetable chips
1 cup of milk 

Mid-Afternoon Snack, About 100 Calories

1 of any of the following fruits: banana, apple, pear or 1 cup of mango or pineapple.

Dinner Menu, About 500 Calories

1 large salad prepared with the following ingredients: 3-4 cups of spring greens, a few cherry tomatoes, slices of cucumber, shredded carrot, 1/2 cup of chick peas OR black beans [drained], 1/3 cup of lean chopped roasted chicken or turkey, chopped celery, slices of mushrooms, 1/4 cup of dried cranberries, 1 teaspoon of any chopped nut and reduced fat salad dressing.

1 serving of whole grain crackers OR croutons

1 serving of 100% fruit juice

Bedtime OR Evening Snack, About 100 Calories

3/4 cup of skim or low fat milk blended with 1/2 cup of sweet frozen berries, any variety.

Fruit Tips While Trying to Lose Weight

The next time that you get hit with the hungries, try the following tips:

Instead of eating this: Eat this:
apple pie or pastry apple
stack of cookies frozen banana cut into small slices
serving of pudding a cup of berries

Easy Fruit Recipe

The Recipe Ingredients

1 clean apple cut into chunks; throw away the core and apple seeds
Ground Cinnamon
Margarine or Buttery Spray
Brown Sugar, 1 Teaspoon or so

How to Prepare

Place into a microwavable bowl in the microwave for 2 minutes with nothing but the apple in the bowl.

Remove carefully because it's hot. Next, sprinkle on a bit of cinnamon.  Next, add a good spoon of refrigerated no calorie butter spray.

Allow to cool for about 5 minutes, then sprinkle on some brown sugar.

This is delicious and contains about 80 calories. The peeling on the apple also provides a good dose of dietary fiber.

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