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5 Easy Ways To Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

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5 Easy Ways To Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

Did you know that June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month? And, with summer just around the corner, there are an increasing number of fresh fruit and vegetables to choose from each week.

Here in California, we are already starting to see the first of the season’s stone fruit, mostly apricots and cherries, but some nectarines and peaches are already arriving at my local farmers’ market.

As I have written about several times, eating locally grown or homegrown produce is the best way to get the freshest fruit and veggies.

Just last month I wrote about how eating seasonally not only saves you money, but gives you more freshness, flavor and packs the biggest nutritional punch.

The easiest way to get more into your diet is to add fresh fruits and vegetables to the meals that you are already making. I have found that if I add fresh produce to the things I already eat, I don’t ever feel like I am giving anything up and actually feel like I am getting something instead because of the additional flavor they add to things.

Here are some easy and tasty ways to increase your intake of fresh fruits and veggies.

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Judi Gerber

Judi Gerber is a University of California Master Gardener with a certificate in Horticultural Therapy. She writes about sustainable farming, local foods, and organic gardening for multiple magazines. Her book Farming in Torrance and the South Bay was released in September 2008.

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5:10AM PDT on Apr 7, 2014

I find a good way to add more fruit & vegetables is making curry sauces, stews, and casseroles using vegetable & fruit purees. Here is an example:
You will need:
1 tin of baked beans
6 prunes
6 ts of Oregano
6 ts of ground Flax seed
6 ts of curry powder
6 ts of Hibiscus
2 ts of ground Cloves
6 ts of tomato puree
3 ts of Garlic puree

Put all the ingredients listed so far into the blender & blend them.

Then add to your sauce:
160g diced mushrooms
80g diced chili peppers
80g diced peppers green and red

You need a slow cooker.
Slow cook meal for at least 4 hours, then serve with rice, chips, or salad.

2:05AM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

Adding more vegetable to something I am already making, sound the most reasonable.

8:14AM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

Everything that is healthy tastes disgusting...

2:03PM PDT on Jun 18, 2011

I loveee fruits

10:33AM PDT on Jun 14, 2011

yummy vegetables!

9:59PM PDT on Jun 12, 2011

Mmmm,strawberries from the farmers market.Expensive but worth it.Have some in the fridge right now.

9:43AM PDT on Jun 12, 2011

Thanks Judi. This is great reminder for a healthy way of eating.
There are so many ways of using fruits and veggies. As long as we always carefully wash them before eating.

3:49AM PDT on Jun 11, 2011

Thank you!

5:49PM PDT on Jun 10, 2011

thanks...I'll try to try some of these because I definitely need to increase my veggie and fruit intake

8:00AM PDT on Jun 10, 2011

Thanks, always wonder what people eat when they don't eat fruits and vegetables.

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