Fruits & Veggies—More Matters®

Is half of your plate filled with fruits and vegetables? According to the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, half your plate should be filled with fruits and vegetables at all three meals of the day. The Healthy MyPlate icon makes it simple to remember just how much fruit and vegetables we should be consuming. It is also important that there be variety among the fruits and vegetables that we consume so the body receives a balance of key nutrients.

Many people get stuck in a rut eating the same few fruits and vegetables, prepared the same way. If you find yourself stuck in this rut, try something new. You can find a list of fruits and vegetables that are in season at  If there is a particular fruit or vegetable you don’t like, try preparing it a different way. Take spinach as an example; some people do not enjoy cooked spinach, but love fresh spinach on a sandwich or salad. There are many ways to prepare fruits and vegetables including baking, blanching, boiling, roasting, steaming, etc.  Find recipes to add a little variety to your healthy plate at