Eat Your Colors!
Encourage your friends and family to eat more fruits and vegetables. Serve fruits and or vegetables at every meal and snack. Select a variety of colors to get all the nutrients fruits and vegetables offer. Get to know their naturally delicious flavors – avoid frying and eat them raw, steamed, baked, roasted, or sautéed.
A diet rich in fruits and vegetables provides essential vitamins and minerals that support growth, development, and immune function. Children who are served more fruits and veggies and see other family members eating more fruits and veggies will eat more themselves. This can lead to a longer and healthier life.
Regular consumption of fruits and vegetables among adults is associated with lower rates of chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Current research suggests that fruit and vegetable consumption can prevent weight gain and aid in weight loss and maintaining a healthy weight.
Fresh, Frozen, or Canned
Fresh, frozen, and canned vegetables are all healthy options. Purchase fresh fruits and vegetables that are “in season.” Buying fruits and vegetables in season generally means the food will taste better, be more nutritious, and be more affordable.
Canned and frozen fruits and vegetables can also be healthy and affordable. They are picked at the peak of the season and are immediately canned or frozen, preserving their nutritional value. Canned and frozen items are easy to store and are already washed and cut. When purchasing canned vegetables, make sure to choose items that have “no salt added.” When purchasing canned fruits, choose items that are packed in their own juice and not in syrup.