September is National Fruit and Veggies – More Matters Month. Focusing on healthy meals and getting the nutrition our bodies need, can help detour us from poor snacking choices during the upcoming holiday season. More than 90% of adults and children do not consumer the daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables per today’s dietary guidelines.
During the month of September look for food events that highlight produce consumption in your area. To find these events click here.
Get creative this month. Try recipes that use fruits and veggies in unique ways. Try produce you have never heard of and share your experiences on your social media. Get your kids and grandkids involved in making fun meals and snacks that involve more fruits and veggies. Finding fruits and vegetables that are in season help keep your grocery budget low and offer fuller flavor than if the item is bought out of season.
Sometimes we need a little help. Good health and eating nutritious food go hand in hand. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program(SNAP), helps people buy the food they need for good health. There is an income requirement to receive SNAP benefits. Good nutrition and eating a healthy diet can be done on a limited budget. SNAP benefits can help you buy certain foods from approved stores. To see if you qualify for SNAP benefits click here.
Enjoy exploring fall farmers markets, sneaking zucchini into your bread and pasta recipes, making cauliflower rice, and roasted pears with honey and goat cheese! You may find eating fruits and veggies more fun than you think!