COLUMBUS, Ohio —
It’s National Nutrition Month and registered dietitian Stephanie Vandergriff says it’s a great time to take small steps to improve diet quality.
She says fruits & vegetables are some of the most nutrient dense foods we can eat.
“Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables daily can help reduce the risk of many leading causes of chronic disease, including heart disease, type 2 diabetes, some cancers, and obesity,” said Vandergriff.
Only 1 in 10 adults meets the recommendations for fruit & vegetable intake, five servings a day said Vandergriff.
Here are five tips for increasing fruit and vegetable intake”
- Homemade veggie chips (i.e. carrot, beet, sweet potato, etc.)
- Simple, 2 ingredient healthy ice cream (banana and peanut butter)
- Smoothies: add fruit and veggies for healthy on-the-go meal or snack
- Change of temperature: try freezing fruit grapes or bananas in spring/summer or lightly sautéing apples or peaches with cinnamon in fall/winter
- Non-green salads, just the toppings with your favorite salad dressing. Example: corn, black beans, avocado, tomato, bell pepper, with lime juice and sea salt SEGMENT VISUALS: (props, video, specific info for graphics, list any special accommodations i.e. table, kitchen) – *Will need long table* – Plates/Glasses/Bowls to hold foods representing each of the 5 options to increase fruit and veggie intake (visual aid for each trick listed above)