Eat Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are full of nutrients that help you learn and grow, prevent disease, and keep up your energy and mood. Fruits and vegetables are important for a healthy body weight, too. Studies show that generous amounts of these foods can help you:
- Prevent obesity
- Lose excess weight
- Maintain a healthy weight throughout your life
Ideas to make it happen
Grab a bag
Buy bags of mini carrots, broccoli, and sugar snap peas for easy, portable snacks.
Rate your plate
Fill half of your plate with vegetables at every lunch and dinner. Eat this half first! Fruits and Veggies How much is enough?
Finish up with fruit
If you want something sweet for dessert, make it fruit. Whole, fresh fruit is best.
Go for 2
Include two vegetables in every dinner.
Never starch alone
Add vegetables to rice, ramen, or pasta dishes.
Make frozen fruit smoothies with whole fruit, ice cubes, and skim milk or low fat yogurt.
Watch your sides
At restaurants, choose beans, vegetables, or a side salad instead of French fries.
Keep it in sight
Keep fruits and vegetables on hand, at eye level in the refrigerator, cupboard, and counter. Store the chips and cookies out of sight. Better yet, buy them only for special occasions.
One of the best foods to eat lots of for its nutrients is fresh berries — breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks too.
Fresh fruit that is frozen still contains lots of healthy nutrients that survive the cold and are healthful for you.
A simple way to balance your diet is by aiming to eat as many colors as you can each day — at least, that's true if the colors are natural!
Variety is one of the keys to eating an all-around healthy diet, so challenge yourself to try a new fruit every week.
Chock-full of vitamins and nutrients, the pumpkin is packed with health benefits and is considered by some to be a "superfood."
One of the easiest and best-tasting ways to cook vegetables is with steam, which keeps in good nutrients, retains color and texture, and brings out the fresh flavor.
Some people love salad, and some people don't, but it is still important to eat five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables every day.
Stock your kitchen so fruits and vegetables are ready to grab and easy to eat, to help you get nine recommended servings of fruits and vegetables each day.
Packed with vitamins A and C, sweet potatoes are a complex carbohydrate that can bolster your immune system.