According to the USDA MyPlate, it is recommended that half of your plate is Fruit & Vegetables. Unfortunately research shows that over 90% of the population does not meet the daily recommendation!
Increasing your fruit and vegetable intake is beneficial to our overall health and reduces your chances of chronic diseases. Fruits and vegetables are relatively low in calories and provide our body’s with many of the nutrients we need, such as: calcium, fiber, folate, iron, magnesium, potassium, vitamin A, and vitamin C.
A few tips when eating fruits and veggies!
- Eat a Colorful Variety Everyday- this will give you a broad range of nutrients!
- Eat Fruit & Veggies that are in season- they will likely cost less and contain more flavor! A few examples are:
- Spring- asparagus, mango, strawberries, spinach, peas, pineapple, oranges.
- Summer- blackberries, blueberries, cantaloupe, cherries, cucumbers, tomatoes, grapefruit, garlic, grapes, plums, radishes, watermelon.
- Fall- squash, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, cranberries, artichokes, pineapple, pear, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, turnips.
- Winter- squash, kale, kiwi, oranges, collard greens, dates, tangerines, pomegranate, clementines.
- Buy Fruits and Veggies that are easy to prepare – fresh, frozen, dried, and canned (reduced sodium).
This September lets work together on increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables!
By: Brittany Porro, RD