Fruit and Veggies Month! Home Care Assistance strongly believes that longevity is linked to a balanced lifestyle that includes physically and mentally engaging exercises, de-stressing activities, and a healthy, varied, plant-filled diet. In fact, the latest model to replace the outdated food pyramid includes a plate design where every meal is 50 percent fruits and vegetables.
To honor Fruit and Veggies month, we are going to explore how healthy, plant-based foods can also be delicious and fun!
Fruits and veggies provide texture and a rainbow of colors
. Some of the fun reasons we eat fruits and vegetables might be because so many of them are available in beautiful vibrant colors (a heirloom tomato salad
is a great example). Another versatile and enjoyable aspect of fruits and vegetables is their texture. Nothing has the texture of a downy peach, nor the crunch of raw celery or carrots.
Fruits and veggies contain crucial vitamins, minerals, and more
. As nature’s apothecary, fruits
and vegetables provide a variety of beneficial nutrients. For example, broccoli is high in vitamin C, folate, potassium and dietary fiber. Pumpkins
, a fall favorite, are high in vitamin A and fiber-rich too.
Fruits and veggies help ward off or delay chronic conditions
. By avoiding refined carbohydrates found in breads and grains and pursuing fruits and vegetables along with lean meats, a variety of chronic ailments can be avoided or reduced. A diabetic diet can include fruit and vegetables as many are low on the glycemic index and won’t cause a sugar spike like a piece of white bread or chocolate bar would.
Fruits and veggies invigorate a sense of season
. The healthiest time to consume a fruit or vegetable is when it is in season. This ensures freshness, improves agricultural sustainability and will work well in seasonal dishes. Audrey Hepburn
was a true locavore, eating both seasonally and locally.
Nine out ten adults over the age of 60 prefer to age in their current residence. Home Care Assistance firmly believes that a balanced lifestyle
with a variety of fruits and vegetables, along with meditation and physical activity, is key to happy and healthy longevity for adults striving to age successfully at home.