September is fruits & veggies month — important because fruits and vegetables have many health benefits and can play an important part in weight control. Plus, eating a healthy, balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables can help lower your risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some types of cancer. A diet rich in fruit and veggies can also help prevent obesity and high blood pressure. We’ve gathered some resources to help you and your family learn more about why “more matters” and handy tools to help along the way. (And remember, if you are a Member of TotalCare Wellness, you can call a nutrition coach for more tips and one-to-one nutrition planning!)
- More Matters: This site by Produce for Better health Foundation offers a variety of resources – check out the meal planning and extensive recipe collection. Also see what fruits and veggies are in season.
- At MyPlate, learn more about how many vegetables and fruits are needed in your diet on a daily and weekly basis depending on your age and sex. Learn about the nutrients and what constitutes a portion.
- How to Use Fruits and Vegetables to Help Manage Your Weight – “There are many different ways to lose or maintain a healthy weight. Using more fruits and vegetables along with whole grains and lean meats, nuts, and beans is a safe and healthy one.”
- Printable nutrition charts for common fruits & veggie to help you in your planning
Nutrition Facts for raw veggies (PDF) andNutrition facts for raw fruits (PDF)
- Farmers Market Directory
- 10 tips for affordable vegetables and fruits – “It is possible to fit vegetables and fruits into any budget. Making nutritious choices does not have to hurt your wallet. There are many low-cost ways to meet your fruit and vegetable needs.”
- Raw Produce: Selecting and Serving it Safely – get tips for safe storage and preparation. Plus, watch the video below!