The Greater Tampa Bay Area has every reason to join the nation in celebrating “Fruits & Veggies–More Matters Month” this September. We live in a thriving region of year-round farming communities, fantastic fresh markets, and more produce-stocked grocery stores than we can count. Your options are limitless for finding and enjoying fresh fruits and veggies now and throughout the year.
Fruits & Veggies–More Matters Month
The focus of “Fruits & Veggies–More Matters Month” is to help folks stay healthy by adding MORE nutritious fruits and vegetables to their diets. Dietary guidelines from The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) suggest filling half of each plate of food with fruits and vegetables. No matter your age, it is suggested to include a colorful array of fruits and vegetables with your meals and snacks.
Fruitful Rewards of Fruits and Vegetables
The Tampa-based team at Weight Success Centers is always touting the rewards of nutritious foods. From being low in calories to being high in fiber, the benefits are bountiful. Here are a few rewards:
- Eating kale, spinach, arugula, and other greens provide disease-fighting chemicals, antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals.
- Eating pumpkin, carrots, sweet potatoes, and other vibrant vegetables rich in Vitamin C or carotene can help benefit your skin, eyes, and boost immunity.
- Eating pineapples, pomegranates, and other fruits provide a nutritional punch with vitamins, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties for overall health.
Adding Fruits and Veggies to Your Diet
Focus on all of the fabulous options for incorporating fruits and vegetables into your diet. Do not be lured by those quick, less nutritious “junk” foods. You can avoid temptation by keeping pre-cut vegetables (carrots, broccoli, cucumbers, etc.) in zip-lock baggies or easy-to-tote fruits (bananas, apples, oranges, etc.) on hand for easy snacking.
If you don’t have time to clean and prepare fresh foods, it may be more convenient for you to stock up on frozen or canned items. Perhaps dried fruit, such as dried apricots or mangos, is a simpler way to get your vitamins when on the run.
Any way you slice it or pack it, more is often better when it comes to incorporating fruits and veggies into a healthy diet plan. These simple tips are provided to inspire you and your family to enjoy a healthier lifestyle. The physicians and experts at Weight Success Centers are always happy to provide more information about medical solutions and treatments to maintain good health and wellness.
How do you like to add fruits and vegetables to your plates? Join the conversation on Weight Success Centers’ social media sites and find more great tips to share with your friends and families.