National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month

Assorted fruitDo you get your daily dose of fresh fruits and vegetables? June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, so if you’re not already eating enough of these healthy foods, this month is a great time to start! The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends that you eat more vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and fat-free or 1% milk and dairy products. These foods have the nutrients you need for health—including potassium, calcium, vitamin D, and fiber.

Furthermore, they recommend that you make half your plate at every meal consist of fruits and vegetables. Choose red, orange, and dark-green vegetables like tomatoes, sweet potatoes, and broccoli, along with other vegetables for your meals. Add fruit to meals as part of main or side dishes or as dessert. The best way to buy fruits and vegetables is to buy them as freshly harvested as possible, and this means buying them locally when they’re in season.

MP900177958Check with your neighborhood independent grocery store to see if they carry local produce. You can also go to your local farmers markets – this is a really fun way to buy fruits and vegetables because you often get to meet the farmers who grew the food. We sell our Salud de Paloma extra virgin olive oil at farmers markets in Austin and San Antonio, and we’re hoping to expand to other farmers markets throughout Texas!

Want to add a little zest to your fruits and vegetables? Sprinkle with a little bit of sea salt and black or cayenne peper, lemon or lime, and our Salud de Paloma extra virgin olive oil. There are many great recipes for homemade vinaigrette dressings, too – we recommend you avoid buying salad dressing at the store because it’s often made with many preservatives and unhealthy ingredients. One quick and easy recipe for a basic vinaigrette: 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar, 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, 1 teaspoon raw honey, 2 garlic cloves (crushed). Place all the ingredients in a mason jar and shake vigorously (will keep in refrigerator for up to a week).

USDA - Choose My Plate - More Vegetables

DOWNLOAD THE PRINTABLE USDA VEGETABLE FLYER

The following is a list of summer season fruits and vegetables (availability varies by region): Apricots, Bananas, Beets, Bell Peppers, Blackberries, Blueberries, Cantaloupe, Cherries, Corn, Cucumbers, Eggplant, Garlic, Grapefruits, Grapes, Green Beans, Honeydew Melon, Kiwifruit, Lima Beans, Mushrooms, Peaches, Peas, Plums, Radishes, Raspberries, Strawberries, Summer Squash and Zucchini, Tomatoes, Watermelon

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


8 + 7 =

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

Post Navigation