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 In fact, the latest model to replace the outdated food pyramid includes a plate design where every meal is 50 percent fruits and vegetables.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!
- 1. 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.
- 2. 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.
- 3. 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.
- 4. 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.