March is National Nutrition Month. This is a great time to improve the fuel you give your body — your daily diet. March is all about putting your best fork forward!
Produce is a big part of a healthy diet. Unfortunately, most American diets lack enough fruits and vegetables. Dietary guidelines recommend adults get 1.5 to 2 cups of fruit and 2 to 3 cups of vegetables each day. Between 2007 and 2010, only 18% of American adults ate the recommended amount of fruit and 14% consumed the recommended amount of vegetables. Most of us have some room for improvement.
Eating enough produce can help lower your risk for many chronic diseases and help protect you against certain types of cancer. Produce can also help with weight maintenance. Here are some tips to add important fruits and vegetables to what you eat each day.
Snacks are a great area for you to improve your diet. Instead of choosing chips or sweets, try:
Make these foods easy to get to and eat by cleaning and chopping them ahead of time.
Try to keep vegetables on hand for last-minute side dishes.
Roasting your vegetables is a quick and tasty option.
Cook cut-up vegetables seasoned with herbs/spices and a small amount of oil. Cook for about 15 minutes at 425 degrees.
Steaming or adding frozen vegetables to a stir fry is another quick option.
Keep cut-up greens and vegetables to make colorful salads to go to lunch or to use as a side dish.
Add Sneaky Produce
Adding fruits or vegetables to recipes or favorite meals can be easy with a little preparation and planning.
Produce is a very important part of our diet and one that most of us are lacking. Try incorporating some of these ideas into your diet for a more colorful and healthy plate!
To get personalized nutrition guidance that can help your family live healthier, visit with a registered dietitian.
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