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Only 10% of American adults regularly eat the recommended daily servings of fruit and vegetables. But these foods are an extremely important part of an eating plan to manage diabetes, heart health, weight control, and wellness-in-general. You can learn to love these important foods, and it helps if you’re willing to take a few extra minutes to prepare dishes that are easy to love. I can help because I have talented friends who develop delicious recipes. In honor of National Nutrition Month, here’s a video that shares some of my favorites.
Healthy Eating Is Essential
For National Nutrition Month I want to help you eat more fruits and vegetables. I have amazing Registered Dietitian Nutritionist friends who develop delicious and healthy recipes. They’re also kind enough to let me share these amazing recipes with you. You can find them all here on my YouTube channel.
If I say to you: “you need to get more fruits and vegetables into your diet,” chances are good. I would be correct even though I don’t know you. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 10% of you – 1 person in 10 – eats enough. Fruits and vegetables are packed with vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, antioxidants, and fiber, mostly lower-calorie, mostly lower fat, and mainly just essential to healthy eating. And, healthy eating is essential to effective diabetes management.
Here’s the key to eating more fruits and vegetables: spend a little time preparing fantastic tasting fruit and vegetable dishes now and then instead of eating straight from the microwave or can. It’s worth it for your long-term health and for your tastebuds.
Be Sure To Check Out – Can People With Diabetes Eat Fruit?
A Few Favorites
Potato and Eggplant Stew is a comfort dish featuring cumin, garlic, ginger, turmeric, and cilantro….rich and tasty
Gourmet cucumbers, shared by Brenda Ponichtera, is a simple, refreshing, slightly sweet cucumber and vinegar mix that is a low-carb dish.
Snow Peas with Garlic and Ginger is a dish shared by Gita Patel which highlights east Asian flavors and adds a little spicy heat.
Lentil Salad with Avocado and Mango is another of Gita’s dishes that mixes complex flavors and a little spice with sweet mango.
Grilled Pear, Brie, and Walnut quesadilla is a recipe I came up with myself. Fruit, nuts, and cheese….Mmmmm
Recipes That Make A Whole Meal
Breakfast Casserole, shared by Mary Lynn Farivari, gets bell pepper and spinach into an egg-based breakfast dish
Tempeh Stir Fry is one of our favorite dinners paired with a frozen egg roll. Meri Rafetto and Roseanne Rust shared this vegetarian recipe, a taste of Indonesia.
You can find these and many more healthy dishes on my YouTube channel and website. Make vegetable and fruit dishes that taste fabulous and you’ll be happy to add more of these healthy foods to your diet.
Let me know which recipes are your favorites.
Until next time, cheers to your health.
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