September is “More Matters Month.” It is the month that an initiative is made to celebrate and encourage consumption of more fruits and vegetables.
Well, as you probably already know, it is OCTOBER … and as life would have it, we did not get to run this segment in September. However, as I see it, any time is a fine time to celebrate all that fruits and vegetables have to offer.
The main point I want to make about fruits and vegetables is that all forms matter. Meaning juice, dried, fresh, canned and frozen fruits and vegetables all matter and contribute to our health. We (the media and health authorities) spend a lot of time talking about fresh foods, which I do adore, but that should not imply that canned or frozen foods are less than. They are wonderful forms of convenient foods that retain much of their original nutrient quality.
Some of my favorite frozen, canned and dried fruits and vegetables to keep on hand are:
For more information and how-to videos at your fingertips, go to www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org.
Until next time: eat well, live well!
Segments on this topic:
-Monday, Oct. 1: Succotash
-Tuesday, Oct. 2: All Forms Count (dried, frozen, fresh)
-Wednesday, Oct. 3: Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup
-Thursday, Oct. 4: Kim's Favorites
-Friday, Oct. 5: Bonus Recipe: Pluot Breakfast Squares