Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables!
Quite often during uncertain times we already know what to do…wash hands, stay home when sick, and cover your cough are well-known strategies for staying well and helping others to stay well. When it comes to keeping our body’s germ fighting immune system strong, nothing can be more important than (…yes….you’ve heard it before….) eating fruits and vegetables. The red, yellow, orange and green colors indicate that Vitamins A, C and E and phytochemicals are plentiful. Meeting the recommendations for these micronutrients helps to ensure we are getting enough antioxidants so our immune system can work at full capacity.
Although we don’t know of any specific food that will prevent the common cold, the flu or COVID 19, we can strive to stay healthy so if we are exposed to germs our body has a fighting chance to get rid of them quickly. The recommendation for servings of fruits and vegetables is to get at least 5 servings a day and make them about half of what you eat. If you prefer one over the other, no worries…both the fruit and vegetable groups are full of antioxidants and fiber (which helps keep our digestive track working well!) Check out the MyPlate plan to find out how many servings you need based on your age, height and weight. You may be surprised at how quickly these servings add up. A serving is a small apple or banana, a medium sized carrot, ½ cup of broccoli or a large handful of spinach.
It's National Nutrition Month!
The National Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has named March National Nutrition Month and this year’s theme is “Eat Right Bite by Bite”. Small changes to our regular eating habits have a cumulative effect on health. Any choice that adds nutritional value to the foods you eat is a choice in the right direction. Harvest for Healthy Kids includes many kid friendly recipes like blueberry salad, sweet potato fries and lentil/carrot soup.
For more ideas check out 20 easy ways to add more fruits and vegetables
Contact our Nutritionist for more menu planning guidelines and recipe ideas.
Katy Levenhagen: (425) 252-5407, email@example.com