Eating more fruits and vegetables adds nutrients and reduces the risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and some cancers. Here are some ways to add more fruits and vegetables to your life:

  1. Keep a bowl of fruit handy where the entire family can see it.
  2. Cut up fruits and veggies ahead of time so they’re ready for a quick, healthy snack.
  3. Consider convenience when shopping. Try pre-cut packages of fruit and veggies for a healthy snack in seconds. Choose packaged fruits that don’t have added sugars.
  4. Sauté some veggies with olive oil and add your favorite spices. Dunk them in your favorite dressing, hummus or low-fat dip.
  5. Throw baby carrots or grapes into a bag and take them with you for an easy snack on the go. The tiny versions of most vegetables actually tend to be sweeter and have more flavor in each bite.
  6. Whether it’s strawberry-banana, green tea and blueberry, or a fruit and veggie mix, smoothies are an easy way to drink up your fruit and veggie servings.
  7. Try a new veggie-focused recipe.

 

Simple Steps to Healthier Eating: Fruits & Veggies–More Matters Month

More than 90% of adults and children don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables. Here are two tips for September’s Fruits & Veggies–More Matters Month: fill half your plate with fruits and veggies at all meals AND all forms count toward your daily intake – fresh, frozen, canned, dried and 100% juice. Celebrate this September by visiting your healthy corner store for more than a dozen different fruit and veggie options each week.