Fruits & Veggies – More Matters

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What’s on your lunch menu? How about a beautiful, fresh salad in honor of Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month? This September health initiative from the Produce for Better Health Foundation offers a delicious invitation to “eat a rainbow” every day.

Fortunately, that’s easier now than ever, since the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) replaced the traditional “food pyramid” with a new, far simpler model called “MyPlate.” No more fussing about servings, just fill half your plate with fresh produce at each meal and you’re set. If you need a little motivation to boost your fresh produce intake, these tips can help:

Nutrition on the go

On busy school/work mornings, don’t skip breakfast─grab it. In the form of a banana or apple that is. Add some protein, like almonds or string cheese, and you have a healthy, portable, fiber-rich mini-meal to keep you going ’til lunch.

Great variety

You would be famous if you tried every fresh fruit and veggie available. The variety of these beautiful, naturally flavorful foods is astounding. Mix it up! Create simple─or boldly innovative─salads, as well as trying veggies grilled, roasted, stir fried, sautéed, or baked au gratin. Your options abound!

Natural snack solutions

Nix the chips and processed/artificial sweets for the true colors and flavors of nature. Once you experiment a little, you may well find that a colorful veggie platter with an array of dips/dressings or fresh fruit kabobs will become family snack favorites over time. Great appetizers too!

Waistline friendly

With obesity reaching epidemic proportions, why not designate half your plate at every meal with foods that fill you up, not out? It’s virtually impossible to overeat fresh produce, given the high fiber/water content. Go ahead, splurge on fresh berries, papaya and mango, asparagus, artichokes─whatever you love.

Boost health, defy disease

Fruits and vegetables are arguably the healthiest foods on the planet─packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, fiber, and more. In fact, you might even consider them the nutritional equivalent of a knight in shining armor when it comes to aiding in disease prevention and promoting healthy longevity.

While there are far more benefits to add, these tips should get you started. While you’re at it, why not share your Fruits & Veggies – More Matters experience and inspire others? Bon appétit!


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One Comment for “Fruits & Veggies – More Matters”

  • Just love your ideas, been adding more fruits and veggies to my protein drinks in the am and soups . . .just love soup! Easy to make, easy to reheat, easy to carry to work.

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