In an effort to make eating more fruits and vegetables an attainable goal, Shape Your Future (the Oklahoma Health Improvement Plan Obesity Work Group) and Get Fit Logan County have partnered with Fruits & Veggies—More Matters (www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org) as a resource to make it easier for individuals and families to make doing so a part of their daily lives.
“One of the big misconceptions is that people will have to drastically alter their meal planning and shopping routine,” said Courtney Thompson, Get Fit Logan County. “But with very minimal changes and a little advance planning, it’s fairly easy to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your daily routine.”
Fruits & Veggies—More Matters provides 10 realistic tips for those planning and shopping for meals:
· Dried fruits – Take advantage of the vast assortment of dried fruits available and dress up your cereal or salads, or simply enjoy as a snack.
· Leftovers – Re-create leftovers to make a whole new meal. Use them in wraps or sandwiches, for quesadillas, in casseroles or with pasta.
· Convenience – Pick up some frozen or canned fruits and vegetables for later in the week or for busy nights.
· Experiment – Try new fruit or vegetables or prepare a familiar one in a different way.
· Seasoning Combinations – Buy plain (unseasoned) frozen vegetables and create seasoning combinations using herbs, lemon juice, or garlic to keep out the fat and salt.
· 100% Juice – Look for fruit and vegetable juices that say 100% juice.
· Smoothies for Breakfast – Frozen fruit makes great smoothies for a breakfast or on the run.
· Easy to Grab & Go – Fill up that fruit bowl so you and your family can grab and go.
· Meatless Meals – Plan one or more meatless meals for the week – there are endless possibilities for using dried or canned beans. They’re cheap too! Check out the variety in your store.
· Make More – Plan for leftovers so you have a ready meal.
For more information about incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your diet, including meal planning, ways to serve, recipes, growing your own and buying local, or National Nutrition Month initiatives, visit www.ShapeYourFutureOK.com, www.eatright.org/nnm/, and www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org. For more information about Get Fit Logan County, contact Courtney Thompson at 282-3485.
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