Vegetables + Fruit

Eating vegetables and fruits provides health benefits for both you and your family. People that eat fruits and vegetables regularly may be less likely to develop certain chronic diseases. Unfortunately, most of us do not eat the recommended amount of vegetables or fruit on a given day.

Making big changes to the way we eat can be hard and often doesn’t stick. It’s more manageable to make small changes that fit within our existing routines, preferences, and habits.

Here are some things to keep in mind that might help you find easier ways to get in more fruits and vegetables in your day.

  • Fresh, frozen, canned, dried, and 100% juices all contribute to your overall intake. Fruit and vegetable juice have less fiber, so aim for whole fruits and vegetables when you can.
  • Try to make half of your plate vegetables and fruits at each meal. This is an easy way to make sure you and your family are eating enough fruits and vegetables.
  • Color is key. Each color— red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, white, and tan/brown—contains different nutrients that keep our bodies healthy and support a healthy diet.