Easy ways to eat more fruits and vegetables

Many of us struggle to eat better. It can be difficult when you’re busy keeping up with work, kids and bills. There are little changes you can make that will impact your health in a more positive way.

The fact is approximately 20% adults in Indiana get their recommended 5 cups of fruits and vegetables per day. That means 80% need to do better and gradually we can. Jenna Defore, Director of Nutrition Services for the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis says, “Many times people want to make big changes to their lifestyle it’s better to start small and build from there.”

  • Fruits and vegetables are packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals and are very important to maintaining a healthy weight and preventing many diseases including heart disease, some types of cancers, stroke and much, much more!
  • Summertime is the best time in Indiana to get fresh fruits and vegetables.
    1. Stay hydrated with fruits. Make fruit popsicles with melon, like watermelon or cantaloupe. All you have to do is puree the melon and put them into popsicle molds or you can use Dixie cups and popsicle sticks. You can also add berries to the molds before adding the melon puree. http://chocolateandcarrots.com/2012/08/cantaloupe-popsicles
    2. Try preparing fruits and vegetables in new way. Fresh fruits and vegetables taste great grilled or roasted. Place your favorite vegetables on a skewer, brush with olive oil, and top with herbs and spices and grill for about 10 minutes. If you don’t have a grill you can prepare the vegetables the same way and roast them in the oven. You can also use grilled fruit as a tasty dessert http://allrecipes.com/recipe/grilled-veggie-skewers/

 

 

 

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