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Many craft stores have cookbook kits that you can use to put together your own cookbook. You can also search the internet for cookbook templates that allow you to make your own cookbook. Our Fruits & Veggies—More Matters recipes would make a great addition to your cookbook because, they are full of essential nutrients, low in fat, saturated fat, and easy to make!
 
There is not a set recommendation for “snack serving size,” but it is important to snack through out the day. The most important thing is to make sure that you are not consuming more than your daily recommended calories for the entire day. You should shoot for a snack that is between 100-200 calories such as an apple, yogurt with granola, or carrots with peanut butter. Fruits and vegetables are great options for snacks because they are low in calories but high in fiber which keeps you feeling fuller for longer. They are full of essential nutrients too! See our weekly healthy menu ideas for a healthy 2,000 calorie diet with 3 meals and 2-3 snacks each day.
 
The timing of gardening depends a lot on the climate where you live. In most places throughout the country it’s late, but not too late.  Your best bet for both herbs and things like tomato and pepper plants is to purchase plants that have already been started in small pots. Try visiting your local home/garden center or flower center to see if you are able to find these plants. The good news is that you can still plant Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cauliflower later in the summer for a fall harvest.  Things like leaf lettuce, spinach, and radishes grow so fast that those are easy to get in now or later for a late summer or fall harvest. Visit our Gardening How-To Guide for all of you other gardening questions and to get prepared for next year!
 
I am unsure of your question, but our Fruit & Vegetable Nutrition Database has information on selection, storage, and nutrition of over 150 fruits and vegetables! Also try our Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Frozen Fruit
 
According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), pregnant women should have a diet that consists of a variety foods including proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fats. A balanced diet is the best way to receive nutrients. Pregnant women should only take vitamin supplements on a health care provider’s recommendation. Supplements do not replace a healthy diet but rather ensure that a woman is receiving enough daily nutrients.
 
It is very important for all women, especially those who are trying to conceive to have adequate iron and folate intake. Folate is necessary for fertility in both men and women. In women it contributes to the creation of the egg, helps the egg adhere to the uterus during the early stages of pregnancy, and aids in the formation of the placenta. It also prevents spina bifida and other neural tube defects. Folate is found in many fruits and vegetables including asparagus, broccoli, strawberries, lima beans and chick peas (See More).
 
Iron helps in the production of hemoglobin (carries oxygen around your body), prevents anemia (which is common in pregnancy), low birth weight, and premature delivery. While these two nutrients are extremely important, fruits and vegetables provide essential nutrients that are needed to promote a happy and healthy pregnancy! Make half-your-plate fruits and vegetables at each meal and snack occasion to provide your body with the most nutrients!
 
You can freeze already cooked vegetables, but they may not remain in as good of quality when they are reheated a second time. Try using your left over edamame in our Blueberry Shrimp Salad.
 

A few months ago I wrote about how the Half-My-Plate concept was helping me keep myself and my family on track to getting our recommended servings of fruits and veggies each day.  It makes it easier to measure servings–just fill half your plate!  This past week the USDA released its new food icon, MyPlate, which replaces the old pyramid and shows a plate graphic with the recommended amounts of fruits, vegetables, protein and grains.  What’s key about this icon is that it supports the Half-My-Plate concept by showing half the plate filled with fruits and veggies.

As so many moms can tell you, keeping your kids motivated about anything can be a challenge.  While I consistently try to make mine aware of the importance of healthy eating, it can be a battle from time to time.  The USDA release of its new food icon and all the media attention surrounding it has been a definite help in driving home my message about eating MORE fruits and veggies.  Rather than asking my family if they’ve gotten in their daily requirement, I can now simply ask if half their plate is filled with fruits and/or vegetables.  I’ve even had my husband show me his plate at lunch the other day and point out that half was filled with a variety of fruit (the other half was his sandwich).

Let’s face it–how likely are you to get your kids to measure out cups of fruits and/or vegetables?  Doesn’t it make it easier for them to know they are eating the way they should  if they ensure half their plate consists of produce?  I, for one, find it to be a way to motivate myself (and my family) to be committed to a healthy lifestyle.

If you’re new to the Half-My-Plate concept, we’ve got all the information you need.  And, if you take our More Matters Half-My-Plate Pledge, we have plenty of ways to get your started and make it simple to get you and your family eating the fruits and veggies you need for a healthy body.  There’s  no better time to get started than today.  Trust me, you’ll feel better and be happy you did!

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We’re glad that you enjoy our site! The Fruits & Veggies—More Matters website and health campaign is an American based campaign. However, we participate in an International Fruit & Vegetable Alliance and you can see what some other countries are doing for fruit and vegetable consumption efforts at www.IFAVA.org. Many of them have websites as well.
 
Asparagus is a very common vegetable that is available in many grocery stores, especially during the spring when they are in season. Try our Asparagus w/Lemon Sauce
 
Our Best of: Sodium lists the fruits and vegetables that are considered sodium free and low in sodium. Remember that most fruits and vegetables are considered low sodium foods too, so they are a great choice for low sodium diets! Try our Very Low-Sodium Healthy Menu idea too!
 
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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