The consumption of fruits and vegetables is associated with reduced risk of some chronic diseases. However, though fruits and vegetables are powerhouses for many nutrients vital for good health, most people don’t eat enough. In fact, fruits and veggies are generally low in fat and calories and are major contributors of many nutrients including potassium, folate, magnesium, dietary fiber and vitamins A, C and K. it’s important to eat a colorful variety to get the nutrients you need, but that’s easy because fruits and veggies are available in many forms.
All Forms of Fruits & Veggies Matter
All forms of fruits and vegetables, including fresh, frozen, canned, dried and 100% juice count in a healthful diet. Here are some selection facts and tips …
Be Sure to Eat Your Colors!
In addition to eating too few fruits and vegetables, many people eat the same varieties most of the time. But it’s important to eat a wide variety since different ones provide different nutrients and phytonutrients. A simple way to do this is to select many different colors of fruits and vegetables.
Fruit & Veggie List by Color
- Fruits: avocados, green apples, green grapes, honeydew, kiwi and limes
- Vegetables: asparagus, broccoli, cucumbers, green beans, green bell pepper, green peas, kale, leafy greens, spinach and zucchini
- Fruits: cherries, cranberries, pomegranates, strawberries, raspberries and watermelon
- Vegetables: beets, red bell pepper, red potatoes, rhubarb and tomatoes
Yellow & Orange
- Fruits: apricots, cantaloupe, grapefruit, mangoes, nectarines, peaches, pineapple and tangerine
- Vegetables: butternut squash, carrots, corn, pumpkin, summer squash and sweet potatoes
Blue & Purple
- Fruits: blueberries, blackberries, purple grapes, plums and raisins
- Vegetables: eggplant and purple cabbage
- Fruits: bananas, white peaches and white nectarines
- Vegetables: cauliflower, jicama, mushrooms, potatoes and white onions
Easy Ways to Include More Fruits & Veggies in Your Day
A good way to eat a wider variety of fruits and vegetables is to choose a particular one each week that you don’t regularly eat. Try it solo and in several different recipes during the week. For example, if kiwi is a fruit you don’t regularly eat, make a point to try it in different recipes (see below).
You can also try kiwi as a snack. Simply cut the washed kiwi in half lengthwise, scoop out the flesh with a spoon and enjoy. While enjoying your kiwi, appreciate the beauty of the gorgeous emerald green color of the inside the fruit and the nutrients it contains.
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