Join Learning ZoneXpress as we celebrate National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month! This month is a great time to introduce yourself and your family to a new fruit and vegetable. Following the USDA’s MyPlate recommendation of making half your plate fruits and vegetables makes it easy to incorporate fresh produce into each meal.
Make half your plate fresh fruits and veggies with these simple tips:
• Keep fruits and vegetables visible. Place fruits in a bowl on the counter. Store cleaned and cut-up vegetables in clear storage containers in the refrigerator.
• Choose fruit for dessert.
• Snack on carrots, celery, peppers and broccoli dipped in hummus or low-fat dressing.
• Top cereal or yogurt with berries or sliced banana.
• Feature veggies in main dishes like sandwiches, pasta or stir-fry.
• Try vegetable-based soups like tomato, squash, lentil, or minestrone.
• Buy fresh fruits and vegetables when they are in season. Not only will you save money, the produce will likely taste better too. Explore your nearby farmer’s markets for a fun outing for the whole family!
Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables will add very important nutrition to your diet. Some of these nutrients may reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes. Each color has a different benefit, so eat a rainbow of fruits and vegetables every day!