Your mother was right. Eating fruits and vegetables really is good for you! And while you’ve likely heard this sentiment before, we’re here to further emphasize the value of Earth’s most delicious and nutritious treats. There are several reasons to shop in the produce aisle. However, there may be life-long benefits you don’t think about with every grocery run. These are important to keep in mind as you formulate your shopping list, menu, and diet.
1. Disease prevention.
According to the Harvard School of Public health, chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, and diabetes, are the leading causes of death and disability in the US today. Each of these is often preventable with an adjustment to diet and lifestyle. With the incorporation of fruits and vegetables, you can prevent several types of life-threatening diseases.
2. Get your vitamins and minerals.
You’ve likely heard this before as well. This is among fruits’ and veggies’ greatest claim to fame. And for a good reason. Vitamins and minerals are considered essential nutrients because they are vital to so many aspects of your health. A sufficient intake of vitamins and minerals will promote your eye, bone, skin, and muscle tissue health.
3. Fiber intake.
Fruits and veggies are packed with fiber, keeping you full and regular. And since a day free of stomach aches and hangry mid-mornings is a good day, be sure to get plenty.
4. Reduced calorie and fat intake.
Produce items make a great snack or side without spiking the number of calories. So, if you’re watching your weight, the incorporation of fruits and vegetables makes an excellent substitute for chips and candy.
5. Folate for pregnancy.
If you are a woman who is expecting or planning to become pregnant, consider increasing your fruit intake for the health of your child. Fruit contains folate, or folic acid, which is beneficial in reducing your risk for birth defects. This is an important time to focus on your health, so make sure that you prioritize a well-balanced diet.
6. Fruits and veggies come in lots of shapes and sizes.
If your busy schedule demands convenience, utilize the different ways in which fruits and veggies can be packaged and prepared. Canned and frozen produce is often superior in freshness than that which you can buy on the shelf. That’s because it is canned or packaged hours after harvesting and then preserved until you are ready to eat it. So, don’t be afraid to use this great option! Just make sure to look out for any added sugar or salt.
7. Gardening hobby.
Here in the Inland Empire, you probably have a fruit tree growing in your backyard. This makes it exceptionally easy and convenient to consume plenty of fruit. However, there are lots of things you can grow right in your backyard! Consider starting a garden, big or small, for convenient access to fresh produce.
8. They make a perfect snack or app.
Looking for something quick to throw in your lunch box to go with your lunch or as an afternoon snack? An apple is an easy choice! Or maybe you’re in search of a great appetizer for your next party. No one can pass up veggies and hummus. These healthy options are crave-worthy and guilt-free treats.
With so many options of fruits and vegetables, you will always have something new to try. Make different combinations for smoothies, salads, sauces, and even desserts.
10. Color and presentation.
You eat with your eyes first, so make sure that your food looks good. Add some purple, greens, and reds to your diet for show-stopping presentation!
No meal is complete without some fruits and veggies. So make sure that these are an essential aspect of your diet. Stop by Redlands Ranch Market today for the best selection and greatest deals on produce. And don’t forget to pick up freshly prepared to-go juice fruit cup as a snack for the road!