June is fresh fruit and vegetable month! It’s perfect timing as the growing season is in full swing and there is an abundance of fresh produce available locally. It’s good to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet for a variety of health benefits, including to get fit. Whether you cook at home or eat out, try these 5 ways to sneak more colorful, nutritious and delicious vegetables and fruits into your daily life.
1. It’s too hot for chicken noodle soup. So if you need to ward off summer sniffles, try plums. The stone fruit contains neochlorogenic and chlorogenic acids, natural compounds that have been shown to inhibit the growth of viruses.
2. All produce counts, which means canned, fresh, frozen and dried varieties can help you reach your goal. Just be sure to compare food labels and choose the products with the lowest amounts of sodium, saturated fat and added sugars.
3. Most people think that oranges are the vitamin C superstars, but the truth is, yellow bell peppers have nearly three and a half times as much.
4. Brush, floss…and snack on strawberries? Yup. It turns out that the fruit contains salicylic acid, a natural tooth whitener.
5. Feeling frazzled? Instead of reaching for a candy bar, try an avocado. It’s packed with monounsaturated fat, which provides a pick-me-up.
Nutrition is important for fitness as a healthy outside starts from the inside! Eat as many different colors as you can each day! Need additional ways to add more fruits and vegetables to you diet email me or call me at 720-281-5650!