Color Your Day with Fruits and Veggies

September 3, 2009

Why so much conversation about eating more fruits and veggies? The reasons seem almost endless! Fruits and veggies add so much flavor, appeal, color, variety, and health benefits to any meal or snack plan. Seems simple, but, where to start?

Consider that for most of us, adding more fruits and veggies to our daily diet means changing some eating patterns and making this a new, healthy habit. It has to be simple and enjoyable!

1. Think color. Fruits and veggies come in a rainbow of colors. The color categories are red, green, yellow/orange, blue/purple, and white. Worry less about meeting nutrient needs and think more about how many different colors and kinds of fruits and veggies you can choose each day. Eating a rainbow each day not only offers great taste and appeal but helps meet nutrient needs too.

2. Think fast food………healthy fast food that is. Fruits and veggies fit that description perfectly. From baby carrots to bananas to applesauce cups and celery with peanut butter, there are a wide variety of nutritious, delicious healthy fast food choices with fruits and veggies.

3. Save those pennies. Del Monte, a Partner in Health with Healthy Kids Challenge, offers wonderful mealtime solutions for a thrifty budget. Canned fruits and veggies are a great way to increase servings of produce without a large increase in the grocery budget.

Consider signing up for the Healthy Kids Challenge free E-challenge of the month, My Healthy Challenge. The September issue offers challenges focusing on eating more fruits and veggies because…….more REALLY does matter!

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