Spring flowers draw lots of attention for their beauty, but spring also brings – the Season of Fruits and Vegetables!
Season of Fruits and Vegetables
As days grow longer and the sun provides more light, spring fruits and vegetables begin to reach their peak and hit the market. The 2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggests that a healthy eating plan should equal a plate that is one-half fruits and vegetables. If your intake is not quite where it needs to be, now is the time to boost intake with the wonderful variety and flavors of spring – and soon to come – summer produce.
Health Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables
Everyone know about the vitamin C in many fruits and vegetables, but many may not be aware of the wide range of nutrition and health benefits. Fruits and vegetables each provide different nutritional value but overall, you can count on them to provide potassium, vitamins A, C, and E, folic acid and of course fiber. In addition to these nutrients, fruits and vegetables provide phytonutrients. Phytonutrients are compounds that provide health benefits beyond the benefits provided by the vitamins and minerals they contain. You can boost the nutrition you get by focusing on consuming more darkly colored, strongly flavored fruits and vegetables. This variety provides a good plan to consume many different nutrients. You can learn about nutrition in fruits and vegetables with helpful lists from the US Food and Drug Administration .
Boosting Fruit and Vegetable Intake
If you need to boost your intake to get to – one-half your plate is fruits and vegetables – there are a few things to try.
- Work to increase your intake of fruits and vegetables you currently consume
- Think about ways to add fruits and vegetables to current dishes – more veggies in your stew or salad; veggies in scrambled eggs; fruits as snacks with nuts or nut butters
- Focus on fresh but remember that canned and frozen count. Choose frozen or canned without added sugar to avoid those extra calories
- Experiment with roasting or grilling veggies or fruit – grilled fresh peaches are a delightful addition to a meal.
If you are not sure if you can venture out on your own with new ways to include fruits and vegetables, the Produce for Better Health Foundation has some great recipes.
To Your Health!
As we celebrate 2021, as the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables, take some time to shift your eating pattern. Adding more fruits and vegetables to your eating plan is a way to boost enjoyment, variety, nutrition, and your health! Enjoy!
About Connie – Connie is a Registered Dietitian with extensive experience communicating in the food and nutrition space. Taking the science of food and nutrition and translating it to simple messages, new products, or exciting menus is her expertise. Making nutrition messages clear, accurate, and engaging aids all consumers.