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May 24, 2007

The Positive Power of Fruits and Vegetables: More Matters! So, how does your plate rate? Americans in general average 2.1 servings per day of fruits and vegetables combined. The Center for Science in the Public Interest has recommended for years that we eat 5-9 servings per day. The American Institute for Cancer Research is so convinced of the cancer-fighting abilities of fruits and vegetables that they've been recommending 9-11 servings each day. The 2005 federal dietary guidelines call for as many as 13 half-cup servings of fruits and vegetables. (And you thought 5 a day was a lot!)

In order to better reach everyone where they currently are, the Produce for Better Health Foundation kicked off a new campaign in March 2007 that promotes, "Fruits & Veggies-More Matters." So even if you're already eating 8 a day-strive for more.

But even with all this support and encouragement for eating fruits and vegetables, we can still struggle in finding ways to actually consume all we need each and every day. It's actually not as hard as you may think with these easy and creative tips for getting more fruits and veggies on your plate. Just remember ... more matters.

Two of my family's favorites that help us get our quota of fruits and veggies. Actually, so many of my recipes in Lickety-Split Meals include tons of veggies and/or fruit that you'll be sure to get your quota if you're cooking with Lickety-Split Meals. Two favorites that are ALWAYS huge hits with my son, husband and even guests are my Easiest Stir-Fry Ever [loaded with vegetables and covered in a scrumptious sweet & sour sauce so even the kids devour this dish] and Crunchy Apple Salad. Sometimes we call this Crunchy Apple DESSERT because it's so delicious and let's face it, 7-year olds are much more interested in eating DESSERT than SALAD!

Adding more recipes using canned tomatoes is another easy way to get more veggies in your diet. It just takes ½ cup of canned tomatoes to give you one full serving of vegetables. And Eden's organic, no-salt added tomatoes smell and taste so fresh, it's like eating fresh-from-the-garden tomatoes. My pantry has an entire shelf dedicated to Eden's full line up. Yup, that's right - I need an entire shelf just for tomatoes because I love the option of choosing crushed, diced or whole tomatoes; and also having a choice of seasoned with basil or roasted onion or green chilies or even just plain. I know that my family tastes the difference with Eden's tomatoes and I believe yours will too.

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Look for new episodes of "Zonya's Health Bites" on your local PBS station Last month kicked off our third season of "Zonya's Health Bites." That's right. That means your local public television station now has the opportunity to air 13 brand new episodes. That also means more practical grocery tips, more fun in the kitchen with delicious recipes, more everyday fitness and more inspiration, education and “Power of One Good Habit” lessons coming your way. Make sure you check our station listings on the Web site and contact your local PBS station if they aren’t already airing

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