There’s a big push lately for healthy foods for kids, but what about the grown-ups? We need to be eating healthy, too, both for ourselves and as an example to our children. USA Today reports that as a whole, we’re not doing that.
In a survey, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that consumption of fruits by adult Americans has gone down slightly in the past decade and our consumption of vegetables has stayed exactly the same. Of those fruits and vegetables that adults to eat, orange juice and potatoes top the list.
Are all of the cooking shows, backyard and community gardens, farmers markets, and cookbooks emphasizing in season food doing no good? Maybe, maybe not. The study was done in 2009, before the big push from The White House and Michelle Obama on healthy foods and gardens. Because of this, another survey is planned for 2011 to see if the new emphasis has made a difference.
In the meantime, I encourage you to take a look at your fruit and vegetable intake. Are you eating the right amount of fruit and vegetables each day? How do you know what the right amount is?
The CDC has a calculator that tells you — based on your age, sex and activity level — how many cups of fruits and vegetables you should be eating. According to the calculator, I should be eating two cups of fruit a day and two and a half cups of vegetables. I have to admit, I don’t reach that every day. Do you?
To help you (and myself), I went back through my old posts and found a few delicious recipes (some with fruits and vegetables that are nearing the end of their season; some with those that are coming into season) that will help us get more fruits and vegetables into our diets.
- Slow cooker peach breakfast
- Apple cranberry sauce
- Fried green tomatoes
- Sourdough panzanella with summer vegetables
- Fresh salsa
- Minestrone soup
- Grilled eggplant and red bell pepper sandwich