Kim's Tip: Increase Your Produce Intake

Published: Sep. 25, 2017 at 11:30 AM EDT
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Eating more produce is key to living a long, healthy life, and it is so easy. All you have to do is simply remember two things:

- Fill half your plate with produce at each eating occasion; breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.

- All forms count! Fresh, dried, frozen, and even canned!

Now you may be asking about sodium in canned food. Canned food contributes 1% of sodium in the U.S. diet. The number 1, 2, and 3 sources are:

- Bread

- Pizza

- Cold Cuts

In addition, canned foods come in no-added-salt varieties and you can also do a drain and rinse to decrease sodium.

Dried fruit is fairly common, but more freeze-dried vegetables have come onto the market lately.

This helps with the idea of adding veggies to snacks if you need something non-perishable. This is great for the desk drawer, car, pool, hike or just for something crunchy.

So remember, fill half the plate with produce, and when you are shopping be sure to add all forms (fresh, frozen, canned and dried) of produce to your cart. This is great for variety, budget, and ease of preparation.