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Fruits and Veggies More Matters Month

Fruits and Veggies More Matters Month

It is well known that fruits and vegetables are an important part of our daily eating. However, these foods do not always make it on our plates! More than 90% of children and adults do not get the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables. Eating enough fruits and vegetables is important for many health reasons including lowering your risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity, and some types of cancers. Keep reading to learn ways to increase your intake and why it is important.

 

Top Reasons to eat more fruits and veggies:

  • Fruits and veggies provide fiber that helps keep your digestive system healthy and regular
  • These foods are naturally low in calories so they make a healthy snack
  • They are rich in vitamins and minerals which will help you feel healthy and more energetic
  • They come in a large variety, so there are always different ones to try

 

How to increase your fruit and vegetable intake:

  • Try to fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables
  • Use fruits to sweeten sauces or other foods rather than sugar
  • Bake with fruits and vegetables
  • Add them to your sandwiches, omelets, stir-fry, stew, pasta, or rice dishes
  • Add fruits to cereal or yogurt
  • Include a salad as part of your meal
  • Switch out a snack for fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Canned, frozen, fresh, and juice can all count as a serving
  • Try to make your plate as colorful as possible

 

How to add fruits and vegetables to your child’s lunch:

  • Include vegetables with something to dip them in such as hummus to add some flavor
  • Have your children help pick out items to make a homemade trail mix with dried fruits
  • Pack in healthy snacks like apple or celery with peanut better

There are many fun ways to add fruits and vegetables to your diet or to get kids involved in the kitchen.

For more information visit: http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/