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When it comes to good nutrition, all forms of fruits and vegetables matter—fresh, frozen, canned, dried and 100% juice. With 200+ options and a variety of convenient packaging to make fruits and vegetables easy to store and easy to serve, there’s bound to be something to please everyone!
 
Fresh, Frozen, Canned, Dried, 100% Juice - All forms of fruits and vegetables matter
  • Most frozen and canned foods are processed within hours of harvest, so their flavor and nutritional value are preserved. 5 Facts about Canned Foods
  • Studies show that recipes prepared with canned foods had similar nutritional values to those prepared with fresh or frozen ingredients.
  • Canned foods are "cooked" prior to packaging, so they
    are recipe-ready.
  • Frozen foods also require little preparation—washing
    and slicing, for instance, is already done.

 

All forms of fruits and vegetables count toward your daily recommendation.
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I have found it more expensive to purchase and serve fresh fruits and veggies. I know it is important to serve my family these foods I also need to heat our home. Any ideas on how to inexpensively serve 5Aday?

One of the great things about fruits and veggies is that all forms count! Fresh fruits and veggies as well as frozen, canned, dried and 100% juice all count towards your fruit and veggie intake. One way to cut costs is to make sure that you eat all that you buy. If you f...   



Why is there no mention of the importance of organic, sustainably produced fruits and vegetables? Is there any chance of such a thing happening when all the sponsers are huge loveless corporations? Is this a site for information, or more mis-information? Seems like the latter.....

The Produce for Better Health Foundation is a non-profit educational program representing the private component of a public-private partnership with the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and other government and public health entities.  The core purpose of ...   



Can you send me a list of when fruits and veggies are in season and how you can pick a good cantelope, watermelon and plum? Thank you.

You can now find many types of produce available year round, but most fruits and veggies peak in different seasons. In the fall look for a fresh crop of apples as well as pumpkins, figs, mushrooms, pears, sweet potatoes and other delicious winter squash varieties. In the w...   



Is there a chart that tells when fruits and veggies are in season and the best time to buy them?

You can now find almost any type of produce year round, but most fruits and veggies peak in different seasons. In the fall look for a fresh crop of apples as well as pumpkins, figs, mushrooms, pears, sweet potatoes and other delicious winter squash varieties. In the winter...   



Do blue corn chips meet the criteria for blue vegetables? Are there any phytonutrients left in a blue corn chip? Does the process of converting blue corn into a corn chip introduce so much saturated fat and salt that the food is unhealthy to eat on balance?

Blue corn chips do not count as a vegetable (but the salsa you might dip them into does!).  They are made from blue corn, which is actually a grain, not a vegetable.  There are many different forms of corn – blue corn, maize, popcorn, sweet corn, to name a ...   



i need help with shopping and cooking healthy for my family. can you help me find some one in my city? i live in rochester ny. thank you

You may find all the help you need right here on the Fruits & Veggies—More Matters website!  There are loads of great-tasting, healthy recipes along with tips on cooking and shopping—I would suggest that you start there.  Incorporating lots of del...   



Which fruits and vegetables are "in season" during summer?

The summer months always bring a bounty of juicy and delicious produce. While some items listed can be found all year, many are at their peak during summer months. Fruits and vegetables in season during summer include: Apricots, Beets, Bell Peppers, Blackberries, Boysenber...   



What types of fruit can i start to feed my 16 month old girl

Most 16 month old children are able to self feed, so any soft fruits or vegetables that are easy to pick up and grasp may be appropriate. Items such as sliced bananas, soft slices of peaches without the skin, mashed potatoes and cooked carrots are all toddler-friendly. If ...   



I need menu AND SHOPPING for a 1200 calorie diet

Your can find a meal pattern for a 1200 calorie diet at mypyramid.gov (click here) For specific guidance regarding a special dietary need, I suggest you see a registered dietitian, who can help you develop a meal plan based on your preferences and needs. You can locate one...   



I HAVE MY CHILD ,HE HAS 9YEARS OLD, AND HAVE A PROBLEMS WHIT HIS WEITGH, I NEEDS HELP, PLEASE.

In general, a healthful diet that includes fruits and veggies, with plenty of physical activity is the recommendation for weight management, including kids. There are some delicious recipes on this site for feeding your family healthfully at meals and snacks. A discussion ...   



Hi,I am a caseworker and need some assistance. I have a morbidly obese woman, with mental retardation who lives in the community. She can read and follow simple recepies. I need a weekly meal plan for her with simple meals and a shopping list. Can you help?

Your best bet would be to contact her physician or clinic for a referral to a registered dietitian or to nutrition services that could assist with this. The local chapter of the Association for Retarded Citizens may be able to direct you to nutrition services for her. A we...   



I work out in the evenings after work. My workout is over at 8pm. I arrive home at 815pm. Are their any healthy dinners that are quick that I can make for my family and have the kids in the bed by 9pm? Is there a website for that. I am willing to get up early and start cooking dinner as long as I know what I am cooking.

On this fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org website there are recipes that can be prepared in less than thirty minutes.  All of the recipes mentioned here have met dietary guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and are delicious.  You can ...   



when fruits and veggies are frozen don't they lose nutrients like vitamins and minerals?

There is a minimal loss of nutrients whenever fruits and veggies are processed, such as in cooking or heating. When produce is commercially frozen or canned, there is little time lapse between picking and freezing/canning, so the fruits and veggies are processed at their r...   



I recently ate Jicama and loved it..are there seeds available or do they grow from cuts ??where can I get them???

I’m glad you enjoyed it! Jicama is best grown from seeds. Check with your local garden stores or on line. Click here for a great recipe using jicama and here for more information on this delicious tuber.  ...   



Is there any nutritional value in Green pepper,Onion,and mushroom? What are they?

Green peppers are very high in vitamin C- 1 medium pepper has almost double the amount you need in a day. They also contain small amounts of vitamin A, fiber, iron and calcium. Onions are high in vitamin C, a good source of fiber, and contain small amounts of iron and ca...   



for a snack, at breakfast andat night i eat a mixture of blueberries,rasberries,and blckberries with coolwhip on top is this too much sugar in my diet

The fruit is very good for you. Regular Cool Whip contains 1g sugar and 1.5g fat in 2 tablespoons, so if you top your fruit with ¼ cup each time, you will add 4g sugar and 6g fat to your diet each day. This amount of extra sugar should not be a problem, but these ca...   



How can you tell if a fruit or vegetable is ripe or good for buying?

It will vary depending on what you are buying. Click here for tips on how to select different produce items....   



Over the past months all the potatoes I buy turn green after just a few days. Are they still safe to eat?

Potatoes that turn green are producing protective chemicals, and if the potatoes are not otherwise damaged from cutting or bruising, it can be a sign that the potatoes are old and may be rotting. The highest levels are usually in the sprouts. If the amount of greening...   



How much is a cup of fruit or veggies because you cannot really measure them. For example, how many cups is an apple?

The best approach is to estimate as best you can. For instance, in general one cup looks like the size of a baseball. Generally, a small to medium piece of fruit will be equal to a cup. To help estimate, view pictures of one cup portions here. Our kids ...   



Does a honeydew melons continue to ripen after purchase. If so how to tell when completely ripe?

  It is very difficult to tell when a honeydew is completely ripe. When purchasing, they should feel heavy. Most melons taste better if left un-refrigerated for one or two days. Click here for more information about selection and storage.  ...   



I'm wondering if iceburg lettuce is the best choice for salads. Nutritionally I know that it has very little. but is romane that much better. I dont have a garden, so I dont have acess to a leaf lettuce. Thanks for any help you can give....

Your best bet would be to think variety when planning salads. Iceberg lettuce provides fiber and many people like the taste in a salad. Adding other vegetables to any salad, such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, raw broccoli, carrots, etc. will increase the nutrit...   



Hello and hope all is well, I am looking for a list of fruit that can be found in all 50 states for all four seasons. So basically availably seasonal fruit,is thier any chance you can guide me down a path. Much appreciated, David

  You can see what’s in season nationally for all 50 states right here on our website by clicking here for “Planning and Shopping/What’s In Season?”....   



HOW DO I START CANTALOP SEEDS

Cantaloupe seeds can be planted directly into the ground. The best time to plant them is in the spring....   



On a very tight budget, what would you recommened us buying for our son (5yrs) in kindergr for his snack time. they say 1-2 small iteams, no peanuts, Please help!

Fruits and vegetables are good ideas for healthy snacking. Whole fruit (like grapes, berries) or cut up veggies that he likes (perhaps, carrots, celery) would be good to send in. You could also add a dipping sauce (perhaps peanut butter, applesauce or ranch dressing) in a ...   



What’s the best way to store garden fresh peppers and cucumbers?

Q: Is it best to store green peppers and cucumbers fresh out of the garden at room temperature or in the refrigerator? A: See our quick storage information sheet.  These should be stored at room temperature for best flavor, however they can be refrigerated for 1-3 days...   



Can ginger root be frozen?

Yes, ginger root can be frozen, which is an excellent way to keep fresh ginger.  If you purchase a large root, cut it into small pieces then place the pieces into Ziploc freezer bags.  When ready to use, simply take out of the bag and grate.  There is no need to thaw th...