Since it’s the beginning of summer, I wanted to highlight one of the best parts of summer — eating fresh fruits and vegetables! Fruits and vegetables are naturally low in calories and full of essential vitamins and minerals, which make them the perfect summer snack. It’s easy to substitute something on your plate for a green salad or a side of fruit. For example, a medium apple has about 4 grams of fiber and a diet that is high in fiber will help you stay satisfied longer.
ChooseMyPlate.gov, a great site for all things nutrition, recommends half of our plates should be full of delicious fruits and vegetables for each meal. Choosing a variety of colors of fruits and veggies is a great way to make sure you are eating a variety of vitamins and minerals. Here’s a guide to show you how to incorporate more fruits and vegetables on a small budget: Fruits and Veggies Matter.
Nutritional fruit power houses are coconut, berries and avocado. The best vegetables to consume are leafy greens (kale, broccoli and spinach), tomatoes, and sweet potatoes. Folic acid, vital for a healthy pregnancy, is abundant in leafy, green vegetables. Summer farmer’s markets in your area should be abundant with delicious berries, beans, squash, plums and plenty of leafy greens. I definitely splurged at Downtown Chico Farmer’s Market last week!
Since most fruits and vegetables don’t have a very long shelf life, be sure to frequently buy small amounts. And of course, remember to choose organic whenever possible!
Yours in Health,
Valerie Douglass, DTR
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