Health Watch — July 4: Fruits and Vegetables

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This week on Health Watch, we’re offering health and safety tips for celebrating the July 4 holiday. This holiday offers an excellent chance to eat more fruits and vegetables.

Cindy Cunningham, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says many fruits and vegetables are at their peak at this time of year, so they’re plentiful and less expensive. If you’re grilling, you can grill vegetables alongside meats. Corn on the cob, onions and peppers all work well on the grill. Fresh fruit can be transported easily, and it makes a great dessert with little preparation. You can eat peaches and berries as they are or make a salad. Watermelon is practically a tradition for July 4 picnics. The more colorful the fruits and vegetables, the more nutritious they are. For really cool treats, freeze 100 percent juices to make ice pops.

Visit http://www.utsouthwestern.org/nutrition to learn more about UT Southwestern’s clinical services in nutrition.

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June 2008

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