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Our catalog also has lots of great materials for schools including our Half Your Plate from the Salad Bar poster (this includes the MyPlate logo) and our How Do You Measure Up posters are popular posters that brighten up any classroom!


Fruits and vegetables that are stamped with the More Matters logo are considered good choices of fruits and vegetables.   A ½ cup of this juice would be a good way to get part of the 2 cups of fruit required for most adults each day. This is an easy way to make healthy selections of fruits and vegetables! Remember to fill half-your-plate with fruits and veggies for an easy way to meet your daily fruit and vegetable recommendation!


I do not believe we would be the best organization to help you out with getting more books. However, it is important to emphasize how healthy meals—abundant in fruits and veggies—can be affordable on any budget! Educate families about providing a nutritious diet with these helpful tips! Also, visit our kids activity section for free printable materials that can fit into a nutrition education program or lesson!




My 92-year-old grandfather passed away last week after living a very full and healthy life.  In fact, up until the last three months of his life he was lucky enough to have nothing more than an old war injury to his back bother him from time to time.  While staying at my grandparents’ home in Florida to attend the funeral, I watched as my grandmother buzzed around the house doing things and moving about faster than many people years younger (she’s 89).  It got me thinking about how they’ve managed to stay healthy for so many years and it really comes down to two simple things–eating right and staying active.

I realize that good genes come into play to some degree.  Unfortunately, there are people out there who can do all the right things and will still end up with cancer or some other disease that may run in their family, but why stack the odds against yourself?  One thing my grandmother always did, and still does, is have a salad each and every night with dinner.  It doesn’t matter what she’s having, there is always a salad and she serves it with the meal in a little bowl next to the entree.  It’s such a great idea because not only are you getting extra veggies, but it helps to fill you up so you don’t overeat.  Her salads always include lettuce, cucumber, onion, carrots, radish, tomatoes, celery–basically a variety of veggies she always keeps in her refrigerator.  And, you can forget about any kind of pre-made salad dressing.  She keeps it simple–a little red wine vinegar, olive oil, some oregano, basil and a little salt and pepper to taste.  It’s good and there’s less calories, fat and less sodium than anything you can buy in a bottle.

Exercise was a daily part of my grandfather’s life and I don’t mean going to the gym.  Simple, every day activities count as exercise too.  He played golf on a regular basis up until the last few years of his life and always did his own yard work.  Both my grandparents regularly got out and walked.  Since they live in Florida, they were able to venture outdoors most of the year, but even when the weather didn’t cooperate, they got into the car and drove to the local mall where they’d join many others in walking the mall before it opened for business.  I think staying active was key to his longevity.  He always found something to do around the house to keep himself busy.

My generation might be more advanced than my grandparents’ generation in certain areas like technology, but I think we fall short in some of these simple, common sense solutions that could mean a big difference in our overall health.  Perhaps it’s time we give some credit to our elders and take their lead in areas where they’ve obviously had more success than us.

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Some of the best food sources of magnesium come from nuts, beans, and spinach. Our Best of: Magnesium list gives a list of several of the fruits and vegetables that are good sources of magnesium. The National Health Institute also has a thorough guide on magnesium. Try our Shrimp Salad Sandwich recipe—it’s an excellent source of magnesium!


Almost. Typically a fill ratio is about 60% fruit and 40% juice/syrup. If you don’t drink the juice/syrup then you can subtract about 40% of the carbohydrates. For example, in a 60-calorie cup, with 15 grams of carbohydrate, 6 grams of carbohydrate (or 24 calories) would be lost with draining, leaving 9 carbs or 36 calories of fruit.


We do not currently offer a regional seasonal listing but we do offer a broad in-season fruit and vegetable list. This article may help you out.


Well, that’s an interesting question!  Many vitamins/minerals don’t have a “taste” so the answer would be yes.  Your best bet to get all of your nutrient needs is to eat a rainbow of colors and a variety of fruits and veggies! One color category or type of fruit or vegetable is not more nutritious than another, eating a variety of colors and forms is the best way to get a sufficient amount of vitamins and minerals. Each fruit and vegetable offers a unique combination of vitamins, minerals, and beneficial compounds! Enjoy the fruits and vegetables that you like the most. Visit our Fruit & Vegetable Nutrition Database to learn more about the beneficial compounds in each fruit or vegetable.

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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