March is National Nutrition Month, and this year, we’re focusing on ways to put our best fork forward. What better place to start than with fruits and vegetables? As Festival’s Mealtime Mentors, we like to emphasize the “all forms matter” approach to eating our fruits and veggies. That means we like enjoying our fruits and vegetables fresh, frozen, dried, canned and 100% juice! Check out some of our favorite tips for enjoying veggies and fruits!
Foods in the food group:
- Fresh fruits and vegetables
- Canned fruits and vegetables
- Frozen fruits and vegetables
- Dried fruit
- 100% fruit or vegetable juice
- Fresh Produce – The general rule of thumb is to choose in-season fruits and veggies with minimal spots or bruising. Find out which produce items are in season by checking out the “Peak This Week” feature on our website!
- Frozen, Canned and Dried Produce – When buying these varieties of fruits and vegetables, it is important to pay attention to the ingredients list. Look for varieties with no added sugars, salt, sauces or oils.
- 100% Fruit or Vegetable Juice – Look for 100% juices with minimal added sugar and sodium. One of our favorites is POM Wonderful 100% juice found right in the produce department at Festival. An 8 oz. bottle of POM Wonderful 100% juice is made from two whole pressed pomegranates - no added sugars, artificial flavors or fillers. Simply 100% pure pomegranate juice.
Health benefits: Fruits and vegetables are known for their variety of health benefits due to the fact that they’re packed with all kinds of vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants. Fruits and vegetables are commonly good sources of nutrients such as folate, iron, magnesium, potassium and vitamins A and C.
How we put our best fork forward with fruits and veggies:
- Pesto Lasagna Zucchini Boats
- Potato & Kale Soup with Italian Sausage
- Chicken, Spinach, Mushroom & Feta Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Sometimes, even as dietitians, we struggle to get enough veggies into our meals and snacks. Learn more about our other personal healthy eating challenges by clicking here.
Brittany Nikolich is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) with Festival Foods and is certified by the state of WI.
Disclaimer: The information provided here is intended for general information only. It is not intended as medical advice. Health information changes frequently as research constantly evolves. You should not rely on any information gathered here as a substitute for consultation with medical professionals. Information may not be reproduced without permission from Festival Foods. We strongly encourage guests to review the ingredient lists of suggested products before purchasing to ensure they meet individual dietary needs. All products not available at all Festival locations.