Eating fruits and vegetables seems easier during summer months when fresh, locally grown produce is available. Even though most fruits and veggies can be found at the grocery store year-round, they may not be as exciting as fresh, summer produce. However, it is just as important to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables in the winter.
Choose fruits and veggies that are in season. They look better, taste better, and are overall more appealing. Brussels sprouts, clementines, grapefruit and kale are just a few of the tasty fruits and vegetables in season during winter months.
Don’t forget that frozen, canned, and dried fruits and veggies are just as great as fresh. It is more important that you eat them than how you eat them. Keep it simple. Don’t over think how you’ll prepare your fruits and vegetables. Just make sure to include some at every meal. For breakfast add sliced bananas to your toast or oatmeal, mix broccoli with your eggs, or add canned pineapple to your yogurt. At lunchtime, try a spinach salad topped with mushrooms, tomatoes, apples, or mandarin oranges. Make a stir fry or a rice pilaf for dinner with plenty of zucchini, mushrooms, onions, and peppers. Last, but not least make an apple crisp for dessert or treat yourself to a berry smoothie.
Make the choice today to make fruits and vegetables a priority at mealtime. Click here for more tips from the American Heart Association.
Get started by trying Berry Fruit Salad.
If blueberries or grapes aren’t on sale at your grocery store, substitute kiwis or pears instead. Enjoy!
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