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Fruits and Veggies Matter This Month

Allie Dhuyvetter, R.D., Program Assistant, NDSU Extension Service

Most people know that eating fruits and vegetables is good for health. However, many of us do not get enough to meet the recommendations. Experts recommend eating five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables each day. Busy schedules, grabbing food on-the-go and less nutritious convenience foods can make this hard to achieve. September is “Fruits & Veggies –More Matters Month.” This initiative focuses on encouraging Americans to eat more fruits and veggies to improve their health.

Eating a healthy diet full of fruits and veggies can help you:

  • Achieve and maintain a healthy weight
  • Lower your risk for diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure and some cancers
  • Feel healthy and energized

Here are some tips to help you and your family get more produce in each day:

  • Wash and cut up fruits and veggies right after bringing them home from the grocery store. They will be ready for munching any time you need a snack!
  • Try adding shredded, pureed or cut up veggies to meatloaf and soups.
  • Choose a new fruit or veggie to try each week for a month. Write the ones you want to try on a calendar so you don’t forget.
  • Buy fresh fruits and veggies in season for peak flavor.
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