Be Smart - 5 Tips on How to Eat More Fruits and Veggies

September 13, 2017

Fruit and Vegetables: More Matters

Make fruits and veggies about half of what you eat, every time you eat.

Did you know?

  • Combined with physical activity, eating the right amount of fruits and veggies can keep your family healthy and going strong.
  • Eating and drinking colorful fruits and veggies provides a natural variety of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients and fiber that allow you to be your best every day.
  • Eating fruits and veggies matters in maintaining a healthy weight and may reduce the risk of many diseases.
  • Eating a colorful variety of fruits and veggies provides a wide range of valuable nutrients like fiber, vitamins and potassium.
  • Fruits & veggies provide naturally flavorful tastes and textures that satisfy everyone’s palate alone or in recipes.

Eating fruits and vegetables in a variety of colors- red, yellow, dark green, blue, purple, or orange gives you a broad range of nutrients.

Below are tips on how to create a rainbow on your plate.

  • Make a tropical rainbow fruit salad with fruits of each color such as oranges, pink grapefruits, bananas, grapes, etc.
  • Sauté your own mixed vegetable medley using red onions, carrots, corn, broccoli, black beans.
  • Try a spinach salad with cranberries, red onions, and carrots.
  • Speaking of salads try a Greek inspired salad with romaine lettuce, tomatoes, chickpeas, red onions, and black olives.
  • Make confetti coleslaw: shredded green and red cabbage, grated carrots, and yellow and red peppers.

Every step taken towards eating more fruits and vegetables is one step closer to a healthier lifestyle.

Click the link below for a list of colorful fruits and vegetables.

http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/fruit-and-veggie-color-list

Posted by: 
Dr. Shamva Wright-Shingler, Asst. Chairperson, CW School of Allied Health