While more is not always better, when it comes to fruits and vegetables, More Matters. More fruits and veggies matter since most of us fall short on meeting the daily recommended servings. Fruits and veggies are important since they are packed with important nutrients that promote health such as fiber, vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients. Fresh, frozen, canned, dried, and 100% juice all count! No salt or sugar added frozen, canned, and dried varieties are just as nutritious as fresh! By filling half of our plates with fruits and veggies we can be sure we are eating a good amount.
Here are a few fun ways to boost your family’s fruit and vegetable intake:
- On a stick and dip- cut up a variety of your favorite fruits or vegetables and alternate on a wooden skewer. For a delicious dip, serve fruit kabobs with low-fat fruit flavored yogurt and serve veggie kabobs with hummus or plain Greek yogurt mixed with ranch seasoning.
- Tasty toppings- to boost nutrients in your favorite family meals, add fresh, frozen or canned fruits and vegetables to wraps, casseroles, salads, pizza or pasta dishes.
- Bring out the blender- for a delicious and healthy sweet treat, breakfast or afterschool snack; try a fruit and veggie smoothie. Just combine 2 cups of fruits and/or veggies, 1 carton of flavored low-fat yogurt and ½ cup of 100% fruit juice and blend until smooth.
- Flavor your water - For a refreshing and healthy alternative to sugar sweetened beverages, try flavoring your water with slices of cucumber, lemon, lime, or berries.
Be sure to shop VG's Grocery for an excellent selection of fruits and veggies, fresh, frozen, and canned, and aim to fill half of your plates with fruits and veggies. Remember, More Fruits and Veggies Matters!
For more information, please visit: fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org
Stephanie is ready to provide creative and realistic ways to incorporate healthy eating practices for all lifestyles. As much of a foodie as she is a dietitian, Stephanie enjoys the many colors, flavors, textures and dishes that bring us together around the table. Stephanie was a 2015 Produce for Better Health (PBH) Supermarket Dietitian of the year and keeps up-to-date on current nutrition through continuing education opportunities.