Fruits & Veggies – More Matters!

September is Fruits & Veggies–More Matters month and is here to help you focus your attention on eating MORE fruits and vegetables. Check out the new national campaign to promote fruits and vegetables Sell Out For FNV. Research shows that nothing moves product like celebrities. So naturally, FNV wants in on the action. They are recruiting super influential people like actors, athletes, and not your mom 😉 to get you to eat more fruits and veggies. Check out the Team FNV members like Jessica Alba, Kristen Bell, Cam Newton, Colin Kaepernick, Nick Jonas, and many more!

Why are fruits and veggies important to eat?

Low in calories – naturally!

May reduce disease risk, including heart disease, high blood pressure, and some cancers.

Rich in vitamins and minerals that help you feel healthy and energized. Click on each nutrient to see a list of fruits & veggies that are “high” and “good” sources. Remember – beans and peas count as a vegetable too!

  • Calcium: Calcium is essential for healthy bones and teeth. It is also needed for normal functioning of muscles, nerves, and some glands.
  • Fiber: Diets rich in dietary fiber have been shown to have a number of beneficial effects, including decreased risk of coronary heart disease.
  • Folate: Healthful diets with adequate folate may reduce a woman’s risk of having a child with a brain or spinal cord defect.
  • Iron: Needed for healthy blood and normal functioning of all cells.
  • Magnesium: Magnesium is necessary for healthy bones and is involved with more than 300 enzymes in your body! Low levels may result in muscle cramps and high blood pressure.
  • Potassium: Diets rich in potassium may help to maintain a healthy blood pressure.
  • Vitamin A: Keeps eyes and skin healthy and helps protect against infections.
  • Vitamin C: Helps heal cuts and wounds and keeps teeth and gums healthy.

What fruits and veggies are in season right now?

Apple, Bananas, Beets, Broccoli, Cabbage, Cooked Greens, Corn, Cucumbers, Dried Fruit, Kiwi, Melon, Pear, Pineapple, Plum, Pomegranate, Root Vegetables, Spinach, Squash, Tomato, Zucchini

Choosing fruits and vegetables in season is a great way to stretch your food dollars. Learn more about seasonal fruits and vegetables at South Dakota Harvest of the Month.

Unsure how to cut up or use that fruit and vegetable you just bought?

Go to CookSmarts and watch videos that show you how to cut up and prepare most fruits and vegetables!

And remember 2 things…

1.) Fill half your plate with fruits & veggies at every eating occasion (including snacks).

2.) All forms … fresh, frozen, canned, dried  and 100% juice … count toward your daily intake.

Sources:  FNVFruits & Veggies More Matters, SD Harvest of the Month, CookSmarts, and South Dakota Department of Health Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS)