Health Watch - Fruits and Veggies: Adding to Your Diet

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about taking advantage of summer’s bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Nutritional guidelines recommend eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. That may be easier to do at this time of year when there is so much fresh produce available.

If you aren’t sure what to do with summer’s fruits and vegetables, Cindy Cunningham, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, offers some tips for adding them to your diet. You can put fresh berries on your breakfast cereal or stir them into plain, low-fat yogurt. Make a fruit salad to go with your meal. Vegetables can go on the grill along with the meat. Fresh fruit makes a nutritious and delicious dessert with minimal preparation – just wash, peel and maybe slice. Have fresh fruits and vegetables washed, sliced and ready to eat for handy snacks, so they’re as easy to grab and eat as chips or crackers.

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May 2011

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