Make Half Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables
Keep your healthy eating simple by filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables at mealtime. Eat fruits and vegetables when you want to have a snack. The more colorful you make your plate, the more likely you are to get the vitamins, minerals, and fiber your body needs to be healthy.
Remember that all forms count: fresh, frozen, canned, dried, or 100% juice. The next time you go shopping, choose veggies that may be new to you (try sweet potatoes, beets, or collard greens) and fruits too (try papaya, cantaloupe, or kiwi) to make your plate even more fun and exciting!
It’s easy to add fruits and vegetables to the meals that you’re already making:
- Breakfast is the perfect time for fruit. Try topping your cereal or oatmeal with bananas or peaches. Add blueberries to your pancakes. Or add fruit to your fat-free or low-fat yogurt. Blend frozen fruit, 100% juice, and/or yogurt to make a healthy smoothie.
- Lunchtime is a great time for a colorful salad. Add a variety of veggies, like corn, carrots, and spinach. A salad makes a healthy lunch if you don’t use too much dressing. Add a tangerine, banana, or grapes to your bagged lunch.
- At dinner, try meat dishes that include fruits and veggies, like chicken with apricots or kebobs with peppers and pineapple. Or make a meal featuring vegetables, such as veggie pizza or vegetarian chili with lots of vegetables.
Fruits and vegetables make great snacks and desserts:
- For a handy snack, keep cut-up fruits and vegetables like carrots, peppers, and cucumber or orange slices in the refrigerator.
- Dried fruits are tasty and easy to carry.
- Keep a bowl of fruit in the refrigerator or on a table or countertop. Your family can grab and go!
- An apple is a perfect quick snack—and there are more than 7,500 varieties of apples to try!
- Fruit smoothies, fruit salad, and frozen 100% juice bars are better for you than high-fat, sugary desserts.