13 Fun Ways to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
by Alice Henneman, MS, RD
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When you look at your lunch and dinner meals, do you see an amount of fruits and veggies equal to about half your plate? Did you have a fruit or veggie for breakfast? And maybe include one as part of a snack?
Most of us know we should eat more fruits and veggies; most of us don't eat enough. Here are 13 fun ways to eat more fruits and vegetables!
"Compared with people who consume a diet with only small amounts of fruits and vegetables, those who eat more generous amounts as part of a healthful diet are likely to have reduced risk of chronic diseases, including stroke and perhaps other cardiovascular diseases and certain cancers," according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
(NOTE: If you'd like to calculate the specific fruit and vegetable recommendation for your age, sex and activity level, go to www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov)
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Fruit and Vegetable Resources
Name that Veggie! FREE PowerPoint, Handout, and Online Slide Show
Color Yourself Healthy! FREE PowerPoint, Handout, and Online Slide Show
Name that Food! FREE PowerPoint, Handout, and Online Slide Show
Chooose MyPlate: Selected Consumer Messages: FREE PowerPoint, and Online Slide Show
Cooking with Fresh Herbs (article and handouts)
Copyright-free and FREE pictures of fresh fruits and vegetables at Farmers Markets on Flickr (only attribution and non-commercial use required)
Copyright-free and FREE pictures of herbs on Flickr (only attribution and non-commerical use required)
Urban Agriculture (a collection of resources for growing food for personal & commercial use, in and around cities)
Fruits and Veggies: Why More Matters (handout)
National Food Day, Week and Month Calendar (gives several fruit and vegetable theme times and resources)
Gear Up for Gardening (handout)
Home Food Preservation (canning, freezing, and drying information)