The State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, 2009 shows that Indiana, along with all other states in the country, is not meeting national objectives for consumption of fruits and vegetables. The consumption data come from the CDC’s health surveillance systems. In 2009 only 30% and 26.4% of Indiana’s adults are meeting these goals, respectively, and only 26.8% and 12.3% of adolescents in grades 9-12 in Indiana are meeting these goals.
Purchasing seasonal foods is a healthy and cost effective way to approach food shopping. Grocery stores tend to stock up on these items in bulk because they are plentiful, making them less expensive for you—especially when they go on sale. To find out where to buy fruits and vegetables in Indiana check out the following website: http://www.pickyourown.org/INcentral.htm
Vitamin A packs many health benefits, including the promotion of normal vision and the growth and health of cells and tissues throughout your body. Packed with antioxidants, Vitamin A may also reduce your risk for certain cancers.
To add more vitamin A to your diet, consider splashing these colors onto your plate:
- Bright orange vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes or pumpkin
- Tomatoes and tomato products and red sweet peppers
- Leafy greens such as spinach, collards, turnip greens and green leaf or romaine lettuce
- Orange fruits such as mangoes, cantaloupe, apricots and grapefruit.
Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables for September:
This easy to fix recipe makes a great dessert, side dish, or quick snack!
Think Variety; Think Color:
Serves: 2 – 3
Cups of Fruits and Vegetables per Serving:
2 Medium Apples
2 tsp Cinnamon
1 Tbsp Sugar
1 Tbsp Butter
Prep: Peel apples if desired. Slice apples.
Fill: Place apples in a Glad® SimplyCookingTM Microwave Steaming Bag.
Add cinnamon, sugar and butter on top of apples. Seal bag.
Cook: Microwave on High power (100%) for 2-3 minutes*. Let stand 30 seconds before opening.
*For 1,000 W microwaves (oven power varies, adjust times accordingly)
Credit: This recipe provided by Glad Products.
This recipe has not been reviewed to meet PBH and Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) nutrition standards that maintain fruits and vegetables as healthy foods.