MyPlate recommends half of our plates should be fruits and vegetables each day. There are many benefits of adding fruits and vegetables to your meals. They are low in calories and fat while providing fiber and other key nutrients our bodies need. Fruits and vegetables don’t just add nutrition to your meals and snacks however; they also add color, flavor and texture!
As we approach the holiday season that brings numerous parties, gatherings, and other functions, it can be challenging to follow this recommendation. To help keep you on track, the USDA created a document “Make Healthier Holiday Choices: 10 Tips for a Healthier Holiday.”
Tips to create healthier meals and snacks ad well as to maintain physical activity include:
Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Eat Smart NY program of the Southern Tier (covering Broome, Chenango, Cortland, Delaware, Madison, Onondaga, Otsego, and Tioga Counties) is challenging you to “Deck the Halls” this holiday season with fruits and vegetables.
For more information on the benefits of fruits and vegetables please visit www.choosemyplate.gov.
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Last updated December 11, 2015