Fruits and Vegetables
A growing body of research shows that fruits and vegetables are critical to promoting good health. Fruits and vegetables contain essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that may help protect you from chronic diseases. Compared with people who consume a diet with only small amounts of fruits and vegetables, those who eat more generous amounts as part of a healthful diet are likely to have reduced risk of chronic diseases, including stroke and perhaps other cardiovascular diseases, and certain cancers.
Tips for incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your day:
- Keep a bowl of fresh fruit front and center in your kitchen
- Keep ‘shelf-stable’ fruit on hand for grab and go convenience (such as dried apricots, raisins, or trail mix)
- Eat at least one fruit or vegetable at every meal and snack
- Think of snacks as mini-meals and a chance to eat beneficial nutrients in , veggies and whole grains
- Eat a rainbow of colors for the best variety of vitamins and other nutrients
- Grow your own vegetables – kids are more likely to try foods they grew themselves and nothing beats a fresh tomato!
- Each week ask your kids to add a favorite fruit or vegetable to the shopping list
- Subscribe to a CSA (weekly produce delivery from local farm)
- Keep frozen vegetables on hand for convenience