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This June marks Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, and it's the perfect time to prioritize healthy eating. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables can have a big impact on our overall health and well-being.
They are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber that can help us stay energized and feel our best. To help make healthy eating a priority this month, here are some different ways to add more fruits and vegetables into your daily routine.
Trips to Your Farmer’s Market
Why not make a visit to your local farmer's market? You can chat with the farmers about how they grow their produce and the best ways to cook and store it. Plus, you'll get to support small local businesses while getting access to fresh, healthy foods.
If you're not sure that to look for or how to use a certain fruit or vegetable, don't be afraid to ask the farmers for advice. They'll be happy to give you tips on everything from picking the ripest peaches to making the perfect zucchini noodle dish.
And of course, don't forget to try something new! The variety of fresh produce at the farmer's market can be overwhelming, but it's a great opportunity to branch out and experiment with different fruits and veggies. Who knows, you might just discover a new favorite dish!
Make Your Favorite Meals Even Better
One of the best ways to encourage healthy eating is by incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your favorite meals. You don’t have to change much about your current diet this way!
This can be done in a variety of ways, including making a smoothie for a quick and nutritious snack. Simply blend together your favorite fruits and vegetables with a bit of ice or yogurt, and you've got a delicious and refreshing drink that's packed with vitamins and nutrients.
Another great way to incorporate fruits and veggies into your meals is by roasting them in the oven. This is a simple and easy way to prepare vegetables as a side dish. All you need to do is chop up your vegetables, toss them in a bit of oil and seasoning, and roast them in the oven until they're crispy and delicious.
You can also try preparing fruits and vegetables in different ways, such as eating them raw, frozen, or cooked. This will give you a chance to experiment with different textures and flavors, while also enjoying the health benefits of these delicious foods.
Finally, consider trying out new recipes from different cultures that highlight the use of fruits and vegetables. This is a great way to explore new flavors and ingredients while also enjoying the health benefits of these delicious and nutritious foods.
Think About Vitamins
While it's important to incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables into your diet, sometimes it's not enough to get all the nutrients your body needs. Vitamins and supplements can be a great addition to your healthy eating plan.
Some common vitamins and minerals that seniors may be lacking in include vitamin D, calcium, and B12.
Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones and can be obtained through sunlight exposure or fortified foods like milk or orange juice.
Calcium is important for strong bones and teeth and can be found in dairy products or fortified plant-based alternatives.
B12 is necessary for proper nerve function and can be found in animal products or fortified plant-based alternatives.
If you're looking to add more vitamins to your diet through supplements, be sure to do your research and only purchase from reputable sources.
By incorporating fresh fruits and vegetables into your meals and considering supplementing with vitamins, you can help your loved one maintain a healthy and nutritious diet this Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month and beyond.
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