Fill Half Your Plate with Colorful Fruits and Veggies
Consuming a variety of colors means consuming a variety of nutrients to keep your body functioning and healthy. Low in calories and fat and full of beneficial vitamins, minerals and fiber, colorful fruits and vegetables should fill half your plate. A diet regularly filled with fruits and vegetables may also reduce your risk of developing heart disease, obesity, Type 2 diabetes and cancer.
Increase Your Nutritional Knowledge with NuVal and Hy-Vee
Did you know fresh foods rank higher in NuVal scoring than processed foods, and fresh fruits and vegetables receive the highest scores?
The NuVal System scores foods and beverages based on more than 30 different nutrients and nutrition factors – everything from fiber and vitamins to fat and sodium. You can increase your nutritional knowledge by visiting the NuVal website (www.nuval.com) and your local Hy-Vee where NuVal Scores can be found on shelf tags.
There are so many great-tasting fruits and vegetables in our produce departments that “pack a big nutritional punch.” It is my job as your Altoona Hy-Vee dietitian to educate you about the best foods and eating healthy, including recommending ways to increase your family’s fruit and vegetable intake – and to get you to eat healthier too!
Elizabeth Cole RD, LD; Visit me at your Altoona Hy-Vee; contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some great ways to “color your diet healthy” with fruits and vegetables:
- Add them to your salads, pizza, pasta, sandwiches and more!
- Get creative with smoothies.
- Make salsas as a tasty dip or as a topper on your meat.
- Throw them into a juicer.
- Enjoy with a yogurt-based dip.
- Throw them on the grill (pineapple, bananas, mangos, peaches, asparagus, yellow squash, zucchini, corn, peppers and more!)
- Make healthy eating fun for kids by making fruit and vegetable creations, such as ants on a log, fruit kabobs, apple sandwiches, baked potato people, fruit popsicles and more.
For more ideas about how to increase your fruit and vegetable intake, visit with your local Hy-Vee dietitian.