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Star fruit are available year round. Click here to get to our database where you can find nutrition information and tips on choosing and storing them.


We often suggest two snacks each day, often mid morning and mid afternoon, but it depends on when you eat meals. Snacks are meant to be a “mini meal” to provide nutrients you need and prevent you from getting ravenously hungry before your next full meal. Each of you needs a different number of calories. You can find out how many at


There are about 80 calories in one medium orange. You can find out about some of the other nutrients in oranges by going to our database here. If you eat 8 oranges a day it will contribute about 640 calories to your diet and will probably prevent you from eating other fruits and vegetables. Eating a variety of produce is best.


Green onions are a good source of vitamins A and C, contain some folate (a B vitamin), fiber and chromium, and small amounts of many other nutrients including potassium, iron, calcium and magnesium. They are members of the Onion family and contain phytonutrients. Beets are a good source of folate, contain some fiber, vitamin C and potassium and small amounts of many other nutrients including iron, magnesium and vitamin B6. They also contain phytonutrients. You can find recipes for both vegetables in our recipe section by clicking here.


This information is from unpublished data from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The USDA has a list of per capita fruit consumption through 2006- get to it by clicking here.


Thanks for asking! September is now Fruits & Veggies More Matters Month. The Federal guidelines now suggest more than 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day for most people, so our new slogan and logo reflect that change. You can find tips to include in your newsletter in several areas of our website including “Why Fruits and Veggies” – get to it by clicking here.


Picky eaters can be trying. Click here for some suggestions on helping them eat more fruits and vegetables. It would be best to ask your granddaughter’s doctor to recommend a multivitamin if one is necessary.


Eating lots of fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet can help to reduce cholesterol levels which may help with reducing plaque in the arteries. Studies suggest that men who eat more fruits and vegetables are less likely to have an enlarged prostate, but it does not seem that the diet reverses the enlargement.


Colorful Tye Dye Salad Fresh greens Fresh or canned oranges. Beets, drained, sliced and save the juice. Add some crunch with pecans, croutons or granola. Put fresh clean greens on the plate first,arrange oranges over the greens, arrange beets over the oranges, sprinkle crunchy topping of choice. Drizzle with your favorite dressing. Enjoy with a fork or have fun eating with chop-sticks. After you eat your healthy fun salad, enjoy some fun recycling. Take your old white t-shirt and wrap rubber bands in various places. Dip the area that is wrapped, into the beet juice-squeeze-dip again-squeeze-dip-last squeese and hang out-side to dry. Wash T-shirt alone at first washing. You don’t want beet juice in your other clothes! Have fun.

The Expert: Dr. Elizabeth Pivonka, a mother of two and a registered dietitian, shares years of experience in getting people to eat more fruits and veggies.
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