Saturday, November 15, 2008

Add More Fruits & Vegetables To Your Family's Diet - Provided by

Our bodies crave fruits (and vegetables) more than just about any other food because we tend to get far fewer of them than we need. Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the USDA recommend at least 5 servings of produce per day! What you're missing could be the difference between just surviving and all out thriving.

With just a little thought and a tiny bit of effort in snack preparation, you can make these nutritious foods more convenient and accessible for the whole family:

* Add fruit to cereals, oatmeal, waffles or pancakes at breakfast.

* Create your own yogurt flavors by mixing plain yogurt and fresh fruit.

* Offer your family 100% juices instead of addictive coffee, teas, and sodas.

* Keep fruits and vegetables in the line of sight. A bowl of grapes, oranges, bananas, and apples make a colorful arrangement on the table. If you see them, you will eat them.

* Dried fruit is just as portable as potato chips--and less messy. It tastes especially good when added to basic trail mix.

* Try berries, melons, or dates for a naturally sweet dessert rather than the usual candy bar, cookie, or ice cream sandwich.

* Frozen fruits are nearly as healthy as the fresh stuff, and only take minutes to prepare.

* Combine fruit with your main meal courses. Raisins, apples and tangerine slices add a sweet crunch to a salad. Apples complement pork, pineapple is great with fish, and orange slices are perfect with chicken.