Get Power from your Veggies!

Vegetables are so important for a diet because of their many health benefits. They may reduce the risk for heart disease, heart attack, certain types of cancers, obesity, type 2 diabetes, kidney stones, and decrease bone loss.

So many nutrients are packed into just a small amount of vegetables.  They do not contain cholesterol and are always low in fat and calories.  Some of the power nutrients they contain are potassium, dietary fiber, folate (folic acid), vitamin A and vitamin C.

Keep yourself strong and healthy by making half your plate fruits and vegetables as instructed by the USDA.  Exact amounts for different ages and gender can be found at http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/vegetables-amount.html#.

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Some tips for vegetables:
  • Buy cans of vegetables with less sodium included
  • Get fresh when possible
  • Keep a supply of frozen vegetables to easily add to meals
  • Choose vegetables that are easy to prepare
  • Be adventurous and try new types of vegetables
  • Eat raw or try steamed
  • Try adding flavor with a low-fat dressing
  • Keep cut up vegetables visible in the refrigerator

http://www.choosemyplate.gov/food-groups/vegetables.html

 

 

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