National Nutrition Month: Tip #4

Try to eat a fruit or vegetable at each meal or snack. This will increase the volume, fiber and satisfaction of your meals without adding many calories. They are also nutritional powerhouses! Your body will be getting nutrition it needs even though you are eating less calories.

Fruits and vegetables are not the food groups to limit. You have bigger things to worry about. I think it is interesting that people eat half a banana for breakfast but then have a big bowl of ice cream before bed. The banana isn’t the problem! And, contrary to popular belief, you can’t make a wrong choice with a fruit or a vegetable. Bananas, carrots, tomatoes, cherries, apples…they are all great! In fact, try to get a variety since they all have unique nutritional characteristics.

Emily Fonnesbeck RD,CD