Add some green to your diet

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Christeena Haynes, MS, RD, LD, Nutrition and Health Education Specialist, Dallas County, University of Missouri Extension

According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, vegetable and fruit consumption in the U.S. is lower than recommended. The guidelines suggest that Americans should increase their vegetable and fruit intake, as well as include a variety of vegetables in their diets.

Fruits and vegetables provide many nutrients and decrease the risk for chronic diseases. They are also generally low in calories, which helps with weight management. Start incorporating a variety of fruits and veggies in your diet by making it fun – for example, pick a color theme every month until eating a colorful variety becomes part of your normal routine.

In honor of St. Patrick’s Day, here are a few examples of green fruits and vegetables and the benefits they offer…

For these suggestions and other tips to increase the amount of fruits and vegetables in your diet, see the full version of this article at http://missourifamilies.org/features/nutritionarticles/nut422.htm

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