My friend Helen and I started a project a few years ago about choosing and preparing fruits and vegetables in all the different colors for optimal health and nutrition. She's the author of a fantastic children's book Eat Lots of Colors: A Colorful Look at Healthy Nutrition for Children that really gets kids off on the right foot in learning about fruits and vegetables. Well, our follow-up project has been dormant for a little while, but with summer fast approaching, it seems like a good time to revive our tips for healthy eating.
Which brings me to the 3 critical steps:
1) Choosing Fruits and Vegetables in an Optimal Way
I know, we're all in a hurry when we go to the grocery store (or better yet the farmers' market). So, we start grabbing whatever looks good and hope when we get home that it actually is good and that we know what to do with it! But there is a better way, and, if we consciously slow down a bit, it'll pay off in the end. It's important to pay attention to what's in season and to utilize all of our senses in choosing the best fruits and vegetables. Helen and I have some great tips on how to do this with ease.
2) Storing those Fruits and Vegetables Properly
Once you've spent the time and money to choose the best fruits and vegetables, it's a real shame when they go bad because they weren't stored properly. We'll break it down for you to make this aspect of healthy eating a cinch!
3) Preparing Fruits and Vegetables to Really Bring Out Their Charms
Ok, you've bought the best of the best and lovingly stored everything to keep it fresh, but now it's time to actually prepare your bounty. Helen and I have got some tried and true recipes that will help unlock the amazing tastes and nutrients of your fruits and vegetables without a lot of time, unnecessary ingredients, or preparation.
Sounds good Phyllis, but we want some details! Ok, then come back each Thursday for our Featured Fruit or Vegetable of the Week!