In June, you may be aware we celebrate Father’s day and enjoy the most sunshine of the year on Summer Solstice. What you may not know is that it is also Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month. While you can always eat frozen or canned produce to help reach the daily recommendation of 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables, in the summer everything is in season. This is why in June fresh is definitely my favorite.
Here are a few ways to get in your 5-9 servings:
- Don’t be intimidated by your foodie friend’s Facebook posts. Certainly try different things like lacinato kale, but adding bell peppers and mushrooms to your usual sausage pizza order counts too!
- Take advantage of fast ways to cook. Cook fresh or frozen vegetables in the microwave as a side to add to any meal. An easy way is to steam carrots or broccoli by placing them in a bowl covered with plastic wrap with a small amount of water and microwaving for a minute or two.
- Vegetables shouldn’t be just enjoyed as a side- sneak them into your main dish. Saute bell peppers, onions, spinach, and garlic to add a little pizazz to that jar of spaghetti sauce.
- Craving Mexican tonight? Skip having to fight the temptation of cheese dip and all you can eat chips by whipping together quesadillas at home. Saute a handful of spinach, mushrooms and onions seasoned with cumin. For protein-toss in some rinsed, canned black beans or shred a rotisserie chicken from the deli for a delicious quesadilla filling. Top with your favorite jarred salsa or premade guacamole for a meal everyone loves.
- Bored of salad? Raw vegetables and dip isn’t just for a crudité platter at your next backyard BBQ. Skip the lettuce and buy pre-cut broccoli, cauliflower, celery or baby carrots with low-fat ranch dip or hummus and serve with hot pressed paninis to make a fast weeknight meal you can feel good about.
Healthy eating shouldn’t be all or nothing. Eating a variety of real food, including fresh fruits and vegetables, is something that you CAN incorporate into your daily life.
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