According to the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) analysis of 2005 data, just over 27% of the adult U.S. population ate veggies three (3) or more times a day, and under 33% ate fruit more than twice a day – so most are not meeting the recommendations for good health.* This means many people are not only missing out on the nutrition fruits and vegetables offer, but on loads of flavor as well!
The hot days of summer are a cool time to refresh and hydrate, taking advantage of seasonal favorites from berries to watermelon! For about 60 calories per serving and loads of nutrients from eyesight assisting Vitamin A (orange colored choices) to heart smart potassium (cantaloupe, sweet cherries, melon, kiwi, etc), fruit can’t be beat as a nutritional sweet treat. From appetizer to dessert, here are some fresh ways to keep cool fresh from the produce department!
Salsa is a favorite for getting vegetables – and fruit – on the menu. It’s easy to prepare since it’s typically a “no cooking required” kind of dish. The classic spicy flavors of salsa get a sweet twist with grapes! Try this version for a colorful addition to your menus that will get everyone at the table talking (and eating their fruits and veggies). Watch my video and print the recipe!
If eating seafood twice a week for health benefits is on your resolution list, try these tasty fish tacos. They come together easily, use a mild fish that the family will like, and the familiar taco will make it easy to please. Check out the veggie toppings too – it’s a simple way to make sure some vegetables get into the meal. Look for taco shells made with whole grains and/or fiber, or use soft shell for less fat. No taco shells at home? No problem – try it as a salad and serve extra salsa for an awesome dressing without too many calories! Watch my video and print recipe!
I originally wrote this for the RDBA newsletter in 2013 when I was on the Executive Committee as a founding member. The original URL/location is