Fruits & Veggies: More Matters Month!

by on September 2nd, 2011 at 7:00 am

September begins the Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month health initiative from the Produce for Better Health Foundation, reminding us to add more nutritious eats to every meal.

Developed to help fight obesity and related health issues, in June 2011, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) replaced the traditional “food pyramid” with a new model called the healthy “MyPlate” icon, which is the latest dietary recommendation that sections off half your plate with fruits and veggies. Making fruits and veggies the main part of each meal is much easier than trying to keep track of all your servings throughout the day!

If you need a little motivation to fill up your plate and add more produce to your diet, check out these reasons below, provided by the Fruits & Veggies – More Matters health initiative.

Fruits & veggies are:

  • Great for grab-and-go eating. On a busy school day morning when the family is running late, it’s nice to send your kids off with a fresh banana or apple instead of skipping breakfast altogether. Combined with a 100% fresh juice box, your kids are getting some fiber, vitamins and minerals.
  • Good for tummies. Full of water and fiber, fruits and vegetables help keep you full and your digestive system healthy.
  • All natural. Naturally low in calories, fruits and veggies are a great snack to help maintain your weight, plus are free of additives, sugars, artificial colors, and preservatives!
  • Full of variety. With every season comes a new crop of fruits and veggies, so keeping meals interesting is never too hard! Grill up your veggies on the BBQ for a yummy roasted side dish, or look for canned varieties of your favorite fruits in the off-season to save money and get full flavor.
  • Helpful to cut your disease risk. As part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle, eating fruits and veggies can help reduce the risk of many common diseases, such as heart disease and high blood pressure.

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4 Responses to “Fruits & Veggies: More Matters Month!”

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  2. Ivan

    Sep 12th, 2011

    This a good post about the benefits of the fruits and the veggie, I just want to add some more to it.
    The color of the fruits actually can determine what they might be good for. Plus, different colours bring different mood.
    To get a healthy variety, think color. Eating fruits and vegetables of different colors gives your body a wide range of valuable nutrients, like fiber, folate, potassium, and vitamins A and C. Some examples include green spinach, orange sweet potatoes, black beans, yellow corn, purple plums, red watermelon, and white onions. For more variety, try new fruits and vegetables regularly.

    Graphic of different colors and view a chart that lists specific nutrients and tells you how these nutrients contribute to good health. You can also find out which fruits and vegetables are good and excellent sources of these nutrients.

    Enjoy the fruits and veggie snack..:)

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    Oct 3rd, 2011

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