FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

Healthy People 2020 Goals:

Increase the contribution of fruits to the diets of the population aged 2 years and older

 

 

Increase the variety and contribution of vegetables to the diets of the population aged 2 years and older

 

Increase the contribution of total vegetables to the diets of the population aged 2 years and older

 

Increase the contribution of dark green vegetables, red and orange vegetables, and beans and peas to the diets of the population aged 2 years and older

 

Why should you eat fruits and vegetables?

  • Fruits and veggies add color and variety to your diet

  • They are rich in vitamins and minerals to keep you healthy

  • Fruits and veggies may reduce the risk of certain diseases (like Diabetes, Heart Disease, and some Cancers)

  • They can be grabbed on the go for a quick, natural snack

  • Fruits and vegetables are low in calories and contribute to achieving and maintaining a healthy weight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did You Know?

Strawberries aren't really berries, but bananas are!

Simple ideas to add more fruits and veggies to your diet

  • ​Add berries to your cereal or oatmeal

  • Make a smoothie with fruit

  • Add veggies to mixed greens for a healthy salad

  • Use a dried fruit mix for an on-the-go snack

  • Mix fruit into yogurt

  • Use chopped vegetables in pasta sauces or lasagna

  • Grab an apple or banana for a quick snack

  • Make a veggie stir-fry 

  • Use carrot and celery sticks to eat dips and guacamole

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

More about Fruits and Vegetables

The amount of fruits and vegetables that you need depends on your age, sex, and physical activity

In general, it is recommended to eat 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day!

Did You Know?

Canned and Frozen fruits and vegetables count towards your daily servings of fruits and vegetables, just like fresh fruits and veggies!

  • 1 cup leafy greens

  • ½ cup cooked or raw vegetables

  • ½ cup vegetable juice

One serving of vegetables equals:

One serving of fruit equals:

 

  • 1 medium piece of fruit

  • ½ cup of 100% fruit juice

  • ¼ cup dried fruit

  • ½ cup fresh or frozen fruit

For more information on fruits please visit:

http://www.choosemyplate.gov/fruit

 

For more information on vegetables please visit:

http://www.choosemyplate.gov/vegetables