Summertime is a fun time to spend visiting friends, enjoying the lake or backyard, or taking a road trip! Snacks are an essential part of any plans and with the abundance of tasty fruits and vegetables, can be a breeze to prepare while providing the nutrients needed every day. Fruits and veggies are a refreshing way to help stay hydrated in the heat because they have high water content. They also pack/travel well and they’re easy to eat.
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!
I wrote this for http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org. Original post here: Fruits & Veggies More Matters : The Half-Your-Plate Picnic : Health Benefits of Fruits & Vegetables. The