March is National Nutrition Month and this year’s theme is “Eat Right with Color.” The more colorful the fruits and vegetables that you eat, the better off nutritionally you will be.
While fresh produce is great, don’t forget that frozen fruits and vegetables are an affordable and convenient way to keep fruits and vegetables on hand. I love putting frozen fruit in smoothies, in my cereal or topping my yogurt. Frozen vegetables make it really easy to get dinner on the table in a hurry. There is much diversity to be found in frozen vegetables and plenty of blends to give you a great variety. Just stay away from those with heavy cream, cheese or butter sauces.
Farmer’s markets are another great way to find really fresh, local produce. You can find one near you at www.localharvest.org. Make it a family affair and involve your children in choosing new fruits and vegetables to try. Present your family with a challenge, monthly or even weekly, to choose a new fruit or vegetable, find a recipe and then prepare it together. Children are more likely to try new foods if they have a hand in helping choose and prepare it.
For tips on how to add in fruits and vegetables to your diet, visit my blog for my top 10 ways to eat more fruits and vegetables. I would love to hear back how your own food challenges are going or your favorite ways to get your family to eat more fruits and vegetables. And remember, “Eat Right with Color!”