July may be hot, but it is the BEST month of the year for fresh fruits and vegetables! You can certainly eat a rainbow of foods this month and get a wide variety of nutrients, from antioxidants and fiber to omega-3 fatty acids and potassium. Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables has been linked to lower risks of heart disease, cancer, stroke and premature death.
Are you eating enough vegetables and fruits? Unfortunately, most people are not. Adults should be eating between 2 and 3 cups of vegetables (Choose MyPlate) and between 1 1/2 and 2 cups of fruit per day depending on age, gender and activity level (Choose MyPlate). If you know you aren’t consuming enough vegetables and fruits each day, then July is the perfect month to start!
Here’s what you’ll find fresh at your local market:
Follow the link below to the July Meal Plan, which includes a colon-healthy main dish for every day in July. You will also find a variety of ways to prepare July’s seasonal produce.
This month I encourage you to figure out how many fruits and veggies you need to eat a day and meet that goal. Make a fruit salad. Have a smoothie. Roast or grill some vegetables. The July Meal Plan will help you strengthen your immune system and prevent disease.
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