By Nurse Diane
June is National Fruit and Vegetable Month. It’s the perfect time to celebrate, because there are alot of family gardens popping up all over town. The most popular crop here is tomato. I have never grown any, because people, who do grow them, always have more than they can eat, and they like to share. Other popular crops include: squash, bell peppers, onions, jalapeño peppers, corn, okra, beans and peas. I don't know of too much fruit grown around here, there are watermelons, cantaloupe, and occasional strawberries and blueberries.
Fruits and vegetables are a great way to get the most nutrition out of your calories. They are packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients. Compared with people who consume a diet with only small amounts of fruits and vegetables, those who eat more generous amounts as part of a healthful diet are likely to have reduced risk of chronic diseases, including stroke and perhaps other cardiovascular diseases, and certain cancers.
I have been trying to add more fruits and vegetables in my diet, so here are some tips to help sneak some extras into your meals:
Wake up to fruit: make a habit of adding fruit—fresh, frozen or dried—to your morning oatmeal, ready-to-eat cereal, yogurt or toaster waffle.
Stock up: Fill your fridge with raw vegetables and fruits—"nature's fast food"—cleaned, fresh and ready to eat.
"Sandwich" in fruit and vegetables: Add pizzazz to sandwiches with sliced pineapple, apple, peppers, cucumbers and tomato as fillings.
Top your pizza with lots of veggies. Try broccoli, spinach, green peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms and zucchini.
So while the veggies are popping up in your area, stock up and learn how to freeze them to save for the winter months, and if you can't eat enough veggies or fruits, you can always have a V-8!
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