It’s National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month!

June is National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month, and it’s no surprise that would take every opportunity to encourage our readers to increase their consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are rich in nutrients for vital health and aid in lowering the risk of chronic diseases like heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer.

There are many easy ways you can get yourself eating more fresh fruits and vegetables. Below are some of them:

Plant your own edible garden

Vegetable and fruit gardens in people’s backyards are a great way to utilize and maximize space. For those who don’t have the room and time for an edible garden, there are small and low-maintenance herbs that you can grow indoors.

Go local

Locally grown produce is the next best thing to homegrown produce. The shorter the distance the fruits and vegetables have traveled, the fresher they are. Roadside stands and farmers’ markets are the best places for those!

Buy seasonal fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables offer the most nutritional value and flavor when they are in season. They also cost less when supplies are aplenty.

Learn ways to prepare them

There are certain fruits and vegetables that are better consumed cooked. For instance, cooked tomatoes contain increased lycopene than raw tomatoes.

Be sure to always wash produce before eating. It’s also a great idea to prepare ahead for future use.

Go for the healthy snacks

This is where the pre-prepared fruits and vegetables come to play. Go for the cut-up fruits and veggies when you have the urge to reach for some bag of chips!

Try something new

No fruit or vegetable contains all of the nutrients that your body needs. So, the variety is not just for the enticing colors and flavors, but for the body’s holistic nourishment.

Read the full story originally published on the blog on June 6, 2016.