Great Tasting Fruits and Veggies
We all know we should be eating more fruits and veggies, but most of us are simply eating too few. Fruits & Veggies—More Matters® is a call-to-action created to help you eat more fruits & veggies – at home, school, work, restaurants, and on the go. Look for the brand logo in your local produce department, in your child’s school cafeteria, and in your own worksite cafeteria.
Check out their website Fruits & Veggies—More Matters® for tips to help you include fruits & veggies in meals at home, school, work and play. Keep reading for additional ways you can get more fruits & veggies because when it comes to fruits & veggies, more really does matter.
Fruits & veggies in your workplace
- Does your workplace have a healthy eating policy? Ask for a copy and see how it promotes fruits & veggies at meetings.
- Look for T.A.S.T.E flyers posted in your office. These colorful flyers are reminding you to eat another fruit or veggie.
- Ask your cafeteria manager what the fruit or veggie special of the day is and buy it.
- Go ahead and organize a fruit & veggie celebration. You can find healthy recipes at Fruits & Veggies—More Matters® - cooking.
Fruits & veggies at home
- Have a taco or homemade pizza night, where the adults and kids get to sprinkle on their own healthy choices. Try strips of red and orange peppers, chopped red onions, broccoli tips, diced fresh tomatoes and grated carrot. As one Beaverton dad says, “The veggie topping really works with my kids. They’re all over it!”
- Challenge your children (or yourself) on each shopping trip by asking them to pick out a new fruit or veggie for the whole family to eat.
- Join "Meatless Mondays."
Fruits & veggies & YOU
- Eating fruits & veggies in a variety of colors – red, dark green, yellow, blue, purple, white and orange – provides the most nutrients. Try bright orange carrots at lunch and deep green chard for dinner with a yellow lentil soup.
- Choosing fruits & veggies instead of foods high in fat and sugar makes it easier to maintain a healthy weight. The next time you eat out, ask for a salad in place of the usual side dish.
- You heard that most adults need about 5 cups but what does one cup look like? Check out “What One Cup Looks Like" (pdf). How many cups should you eat? Check out ChooseMyPlate.gov to find out!
- Learn more about nutrition at Nutrition for Everyone.
- Don't forget physical activity. Get valuable Physical Activity Resources for you, for older adults, and for children.