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13 JUNE June Celebrates Fresh Fruit and Vegetables!

Eating healthy means choosing your foods with intention, as opposed to relying on the convenience of what’s on the drive home, or in a box in your pantry. Many times, this choice requires planning along with breaking some bad habits we’ve formed over the years, but maybe for some, simple re-education is all that’s needed to discover what proper nutrition can actually do for the body! The main aspect of eating well begins with actively feeding your body the nutrients it needs, instead of simply ingesting food products to sate your hunger. We at Patriot Healthcare are here to offer some suggestions, and assure you that it can be done!

June is Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month, so it seems appropriate that those two food groups be our main focus. It seems that few need to be reminded to eat their fruits. It’s hardly a group that goes unnoticed. Vegetables, on the other hand, are the ones that get a bad wrap. As we age, people can tend to get to a point where they accept the fact that they do not like a particular veggie, and they become steadfast on ignoring its very existence. Well, we think that we might have a solution that can help our lachanophobic friends out there.

One of our favorite life hacks when it comes to those who fear vegetables, is to hide them into other food items you might be making. The absolute best way to do this would be to add spinach or kale to a smoothie! There is no better way to conceal veggies than to drown them in fruit! All you need is to do a quick online search, providing a plethora of delicious smoothie concoctions to satisfy anyone’s taste buds.

One of our favorite smoothie recipes is:

Banana (1) – High in potassium, B6, fiber and vitamin C

Frozen blueberries (1 cup) – High in fiber and vitamin C

Frozen strawberries (1 cup)  – High in fiber, calcium and magnesium

Frozen kale or spinach (2 cups) – Kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet! With over 100% daily value of vitamins A, K, and C and folate which is good for brain development.

Almond butter (2 tbsp) – Contains healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat

Coconut water (3 cups) for added potassium and extra flavor.

Get creative with it, and who knows, you could end up satisfying your daily vegetable serving through a straw.

Talk to your Patriot Healthcare physician about which fruits and vegetables pack the biggest nutritional punch, and see if the two of you can come up with some meals and smoothie combinations together. It’s never too late to take charge of your health, and eating good food is a great way to have some fun with it too.

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