Health Watch - Starting Summer: Summer Foods
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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about the start of the summer season. Previously, we talked about safe grilling. But summer foods aren’t limited to meats cooked on a grill. This is a great season for meeting your nutritional needs.
Doctors recommend that you eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day, and summer is peak season for many fruits and vegetables. Cindy Cunningham, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says you can add berries to breakfast cereal, have a salad for lunch and grill summer veggies alongside burgers.
Fruit makes a delicious, nutritious and easy dessert. Just wash, peel and eat. Visiting roadside stands or farmers’ markets with your kids is a fun way to get them interested in nutrition. They may be more excited about eating food that they have choosen themselves.
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