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Fruits and Vegetables - More Matters!

Posted on: September 18, 2018

Contributor(s): Tyler Adams

 

Did you know that you probably aren’t eating enough fruits and vegetables?  More than likely you fall into the category of the 90% of Americans that don’t eat the daily recommended servings of fruits and vegetables.  The USDA recommends that individuals fill half their plate with fruits and vegetables at each meal and snack.  Filling half your plate is essential as the nutrients consumed by eating a variety of colorful fruits and veggies are necessary for your body to function properly, and can even play a role in reducing the risk of certain diseases. 

 

The Produce for a Better Health Foundation has declared the month of September, Fruit and Veggies – More Matters Month.  Their goal is to help Americans increase fruit and vegetable consumption for better health.  They do this through offering, “expert advice, nutrition and storage information, shopping tips, healthy menus and recipes, kid-friendly recipes and healthy tips, as well as ways to save money using fruits and veggies.”

 

One of the things they are bringing awareness to is that all forms of fruits and vegetables count towards the daily recommended serving.  This includes: fresh, frozen, canned, dried, and 100% juice.  When thinking about eating more fruits and vegetables, it is often thought that just the fresh, raw produce is the way to go.  However, all forms of fruits and vegetables should be considered an option.

 

With all forms counting towards the daily recommended serving, the variety of options should be able to please even the pickiest of eaters.  Here are some shopping tips to make sure everyone in the family, especially the kiddos, are engaged and excited about eating more fruits and veggies:

 

  • Top chef: Not you – your kids! Have them select the fruits and vegetables to be featured in meals for the week.
  • Don’t spoil your week when it’s just beginning: Prevent early spoilage by using perishable produce at the beginning of the week and frozen or canned selections at the end.
  • Scavenger Hunt: To get the kids involved, let them pick different colors for the meal each week. Find those colors in a variety of fruits and vegetables for new creations.
  • Make it an adventure: focus on variety – choose a different fruit and vegetable each week from the produce section or freezer case. Select canned and dried choices to mix it up!
  • The ABC’s of produce: For those kids still learning to read, serve letters of the alphabet. Serve apples, avocados, and apricots on letter “A” day and bananas, broccoli, and butternut squash on “B” days.

Trying new fruits and vegetables should be easy and fun for the whole family.  To see more tips, recipes, and information on the benefits or eating a variety of fruits and vegetables, visit: www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org

 

Primary Health Solutions continues to strive in providing patient-centered services through our medical, dental, vision, and behavioral health services. We encourage you to make an appointment with our registered dieticians who are able to assist with better nourishment and dietary options.