What?! We live in a culture whose meals are planned around the meat and potatoes, now you’re telling me I’m supposed to focus on the fruits and vegetables? No way!
So maybe that’s not the exact conversation that we’re having, but I bet a few of you have said that to yourself with all of the research and messages out there about the importance of fruits and vegetables. However, it’s true. Fruits and vegetables have many health benefits- they provide nutrients vital for health, such as potassium, dietary fiber, and folic acid. Fruits and vegetables are low in fat, sodium, and calories, and contain no cholesterol. Finally, fruits and vegetables can be consumed in a wide variety of ways—fresh, canned, frozen, dried, or as 100% juice. It can’t get much easier than that!
Luckily, September is National Fruit and Veggie month! Starting this month (and continuing through the academic year) we will feature one fruit and one vegetable each month.
The spotlight produce for this month is honeydew and cucumbers. Both of these can be consumed my favorite (and the easiest) way, raw.
Cucumbers are a fall vegetable that many of us have growing in the garden right now! It is very low in calories and contains mostly water. Cucumbers can be eaten plain as a snack or an appetizer, and sliced or chopped to add to salads. Cucumbers can be stored in the refrigerator or at room temperature before consumption, just be sure to rinse and scrub the outer layer well before eating.
Honeydew melons are high in vitamin C and of course low in fat and calories. Choose a well shaped honeydew melon that is nearly spherical and is heavy for its size. Honeydew melons can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
Until next month… enjoy!