Spring is here, we can finally enjoy a lot of the things that warm weather can bring. Along with warmer temperatures comes blooming trees and flowers. It also means more fruits and vegetables are now in season. With more fruits and vegetables in season, there is more availability for them at a better cost. This makes it a great time to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. Scientific research has repeatedly shown that adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet can help reduce the risk of developing heart disease and stroke, lower blood pressure, prevent certain types of cancer and improve some digestive disorders.
I will be discussing the benefit of increasing vegetables in your diet for their vast nutritional benefits. According to Canada’s Food Guide, adult females should consume 7-8 servings of fruits and vegetables and adult males should consume 8-10 servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
The many benefits of vegetables include:
- Great source of vitamins and minerals, especially dark leafy greens.
- Great source of fibre and can be added to your meals to make you feel full longer and control appetite.
- Low in calories, fat and carbohydrates making them a great choice for people with diabetes who are managing their blood sugar.
- Make a great healthy snack that is portable.
- There are many types to choose from.
During these upcoming warmer months, there will be a greater choice of vegetables to choose from at your local grocery store or food market. Some vegetables that are in season in the warmer months include- asparagus, broccoli, cucumber, mushrooms, onions, peppers, carrots, spinach, turnips and many more. Visit your local grocery store or food market and choose a vegetable you have never eaten before! Add it to your diet for variety. Variety in your diet keeps your health goals on track, whatever they may be. Vegetables are so versatile as well because they can be eaten raw, cooked, alone or added to other meals. Be mindful, although vegetables are low in calories and fat, how you prepare them can change their nutritional value and affect their benefits in a negative way.
Book an appointment on my website at hanamnutrition.com to get nutrition counselling about how to incorporate more vegetables into your diet to help you achieve your individual health goals based on your medical history.