Increase F+V

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by Doreen Rodo, Registered Dietitian
Add Fruits and Vegetables to your family's diet
**Obese children and adolescents are more likely to become obese adults **This places these children at risk for heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, and many kinds of cancer
The USDA says: 2-17-year-olds ate far less than the recommended levels of dark-green vegetables and beans
Improvement seen in total fruit and whole fruit intake since 2003
Keep a washed bowl of fruit on the table
Choose fruits or vegetables for two snacks per day
Have only desserts that have fruit in them
Set a good example by eating fruit + vegetables yourself
Eat a large salad at dinner every night
Make a stir fry or soup with as many vegetables as possible
To save $, buy fruit or vegetables that have been reduced use them in pies, soups or stir fry's
Buy fresh fruits and vegetables when on sale to get the best price
Put fruit, plain yogurt and milk or soy milk in the blender to make a smoothie