September is Fruits & Veggies—More Matters Month. The campaign was created to help focus attention on eating more fruits and vegetables.
Two easy ways to remember how to meet these guidelines are:
- Fill half your plate with fruits & veggies at every eating occasion including snacks
- All forms-fresh, frozen, canned, and dried count toward your daily intake of fruits and vegetables
Top 10 Reasons to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
- Color & Texture
Fruits and veggies add color, texture, and appeal to your plate.
Fruits and veggies are nutritious in any form.
Fruits and veggies provide fiber that helps fill you up.
- Low in Calories
Fruits and veggies are naturally low in calories.
- Reduce Disease Risk
Eating plenty of fruits and veggies may help reduce the risk of many diseases, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and some cancers.
- Vitamins & Minerals
Fruits and veggies are rich in vitamins and minerals that help you feel healthy and energized.
Fruits and veggies are available in an almost infinite variety so there is always
something new to try.
- Quick, Natural Snack
Fruits and veggies are nature’s treat and easy to grab for a snack.
- Fun to Eat
Some crunch, some squirt, some you peel, and some grow right in your own backyard.
- Fruits & Veggies are Nutritious and Delicious!
Most people know that eating fruits and vegetables is important for good health, but most of us still aren’t getting enough. This September, Dr. Mona Dave is proud to participate in Fruits & Veggies – More Matters Month.
Some ideas to help you and your family fit more fruits and vegetables into your day:
- Keep a bowl of fruit handy where the whole family can see it.
- Cut up fruits and veggies ahead of time so they’re ready for quick, healthy snacks.
- Challenge your family to try a new veggie or fruit every week.
Making fruits and vegetables the focal point of every meal will help you meet your recommended amount each day. Remember, eating more fruits and veggies can be fun – and it’s worth it!