Contributed by: NAPSA
It's Rainbow Season: No, Not The Weather-The Produce Selection (NAPSA) - What's healthful, colorful and most abundant this time of year? Fresh fruits and vegetables.
Supermarkets and produce stands are overflowing with a huge selection, which makes it especially easy to follow the advice of the experts at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). They say that by filling your shopping cart with a rainbow of fruits and vegetables-green, yellow-orange, red, blue-purple and white-you'll be likely to get a powerhouse of nutrients that promote good health.
NCI encourages consumers to eat fruits and vegetables from each of these color groups:
- Green - Peas, green beans, asparagus, mixed greens, kiwifruit, grapes.
- Yellow - Orange-Bell peppers, corn, peaches, apricots.
- Red - Strawberries, cherries, watermelon, tomatoes, beets.
- Blue - Purple-Blueberries, blackberries, plums, eggplant, radicchio.
- White - Nectarines, cauliflower, sweet onions, leeks, garlic.
The rainbow of choices make it that much easier to meet the daily recommendations: Most young children should eat 5 servings of fruits and vegetables; older children, teen girls and most women should eat 7; teen boys and most men should eat 9 a day.
It's one of the easiest and most refreshing things you can do for your health. There are some delicious and easy ways to include fruits and vegetables in your meals, see also:
Sunny Fruit Salad
Versatile Marinated Vegetables
Party Cooler provides 10 people each with more than 2 fruit servings.
- Vegetable cooking spray
- 3 cups balls or cubes of cantaloupe, honeydew, and watermelon
- 1 mango, diced into 3/4-inch squares
- 1 (6-ounce) can pineapple juice
- 1 (25-ounce) bottle sparkling white or red grape juice, chilled
Spray a rimmed baking sheet with cooking spray; place melon balls and mango in a single layer, and freeze for at least 1 hour. Divide frozen fruit among 10 large glasses.
Top with pineapple juice, then with grape juice. Serve.