The Secret to Eating Better – Fruits and Vegetables
Across the country, leading healthcare professionals, educators, lawmakers, and activists are encouraging better food choices. Research shows that five or more servings of fruits and vegetables can lower the risk of developing obesity, heart disease, and diabetes. Consequently, farmers’ markets, cooking programs, regulations to provide nutrient information in restaurants, and programs to encourage schools and hospitals to buy local produce are springing up all over the country.
A $3.2 million promotion of “specialty crops” including fruits and vegetables and a sustainable community garden at USDA Headquarters in Washington, DC are indicators that the Obama Administration has made healthy eating a priority.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report that less than one-quarter of Americans eat fruits and vegetables 5 times a day, as recommended. “We think we are eating healthier because we are buying foods with added omega-3s or probiotics,” says Harry Balzer, author of the last 23 years of the annual report, Eating Patterns in America, “But this is a 180-degree shift from a recent trend that emphasized a decrease in the harmful such as fat or sodium.”
So just how do you get your family to eat more of these good-for-you foods?
Enlist the family. Let them know that you will be serving more fruits and vegetables and ask them to help you select different ones to serve everyday.
Start small. One new one each day, or even week, can make a difference. Small portions are enough until everyone develops a liking for ‘turnips’ – or that other new vegetable you are serving.
Try them again. Serve it once and serve it again in a day or two.
Prepare vegetables in different ways – baked, roasted, boiled, steamed or sautéed make them different every time.
Add a few California Raisins to almost any fruit dish or vegetable preparation and make it even more enjoyable.
Bring them or a more filling Mayan Soft Taco along when the family moves outdoors for summer sports, too. As Ms Waters says, “Families that play together, stay fit together. The key is to spend time together doing something active.”
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