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Vary Your Veggies

Why Eat Vegetables?

Vary Your Veggies: Why Eat Vegetables - FN1452

Vegetables are versatile, nutritious, colorful and flavorful. Not only are they naturally low in calories, fat and sodium, but they also are good sources of important vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. Vegetables do not contain cholesterol. Increasing vegetable consumption can replace foods higher in calories and fat. Vegetables are rich sources of vitamins, particularly A and C. The value of a vegetable as a source of a nutrient is affected both by the amount of the nutrient present and by the amount of the vegetable eaten.

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How to Prepare Vegetables

Vary Your Veggies: How to Prepare Vegetables - FN1453

Try something new! To take advantage of all their benefits, eat a variety of colors every day and vary your cooking methods to add variety to your menus. Cooking methods: microwave, steam, sitr-fry, pan, bake, broil.

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Serve More Vegetables

Vary Your Veggies: Serve More Vegetables - FN1455

Most adults and children need 2 to 3 cups of vegetables per day, but the amount varies depending on age, gender and amount of physical activity.

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How to Select and Store Vegetables

Vary Your Veggies: How to Select and Store Vegetables - FN1456

What veggies are in your refrigerator, freezer or pantry?

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