Fruits & Veggies: Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables
Some fruits and vegetables are more nutritious than others and are sometimes called "powerhouse fruits and vegetables," that is why it is important to add a variety of different colored fruits and vegetables to your diet!
A good way to recognize powerhouse fruits and vegetables is by color- the brighter and richer the color, the more nutrient packed.
Powerhouse fruits and vegetables have vitamins, minerals, and fiber that can help protect against heart disease, stroke, cancer, and vision problems. Here are some tips to help you fit "powerhouse fruits and vegetables" into your diet:
Eat a spinach salad with citrus fruits (such as oranges) for lunch, or as part of dinner
Stir-fry red peppers and broccoli for dinner and serve with whole-grain rice
Snack on carrot sticks between meals
Eat a peach or some berries after meals instead of a sweet dessert
Powerhouse vegetables fall into one of four groups:
Bright citrus fruits
Deep yellow or orange
Black, blue, and red
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