Get Healthy During National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month

With so much fresh produce finally in season, it’s fitting that June should be National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month. Crisp veggies are not only delicious, but they’re also fantastic for your health. They provide you with tons of vitamins and minerals, which may help reduce your risk of disease. You can take part in this health initiative by adding more fruits and veggies to your diet and by following a few of the healthy eating tips below.

National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month

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  • If you love exploring new things, one of the simplest ways to encourage yourself to eat more fruits and vegetables is to pick out something out of the ordinary. Peruse farmers’ markets, produce aisles and fruit stands for unfamiliar fruits and veggies.You can also enjoy cooking different recipes and experimenting with flavors.
National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month

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  • Sneak extra fruits and veggies into your breakfast and lunch. Throw a chopped banana or sliced strawberries into your cereal, or stuff your turkey sandwich with extra veggies, such as spinach, tomatoes, cucumber, bell peppers and avocado.
  • Keeping fruits and vegetables easily visible will help encourage you to reach for them when you’re hungry. Place a bowl of apples, oranges and pears on the table for a beautiful display that can also double up as a quick and healthy snack.
  • Rethink your meal planning strategy. Rather than choosing your protein and then your side dishes, start by thinking about which veggies you’re going to incorporate into your meal and plan the entree from there.
National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month

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  • Choose fruit for dessert. Top berries with a spoonful of whipped cream for an easy sweet treat that still provides you with tons of nutrients.

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With these simple tips, you can celebrate National Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month by effortlessly adding more fresh produce into your meal. For a great starting point, order one of our gourmet fruit baskets from Hickory Farms. With a colorful variety of fresh fruits, these baskets are a convenient way to eat better and get healthier. Who knows, you might even start celebrating this delicious month more often!

New Year, New You – Healthy Eating Resolutions

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The New Year is a great opportunity to determine what changes you’d like to make to start 2014 with your best foot forward. One of the most common resolutions is to start eating better. Begin working toward the new you this New Year with these simple healthy eating tips.

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One of the keys to healthy eating is foresight and preparation. If you’re hungry and only find processed foods and calorie-laden snacks in your cupboard, them it’s time to make a change. Avoid tempting yourself by purging your cabinets of unhealthy foods and stocking up on wholesome treats like our delicious Hickory Farms Dried Fruit Collection.

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Breakfast truly is the most important meal of the day. Skipping your morning meal can slow down your metabolism and can lead to bad food choices later on. Enjoy an easy high-fiber, protein rich breakfast by adding a choppedFuji apple and a handful of Berry Bounty Nut Mix from our Fruitful Gift Box to a bowl of Greek yogurt.

Eating the same healthy food day after day can quickly become boring. Avoid this pitfall by introducing a wide variety of fresh fruits, such as apples, oranges and pears into your diet.

 

Also, don’t forget that it’s OK to not be perfect all of the time. When you have a craving for something sweet, don’t stress out. It’s alright to occasionally treat yourself, in moderation. Keep a Holiday Cravings Assortment Gift Box on hand for infrequent nibbling. Then, take a deep breathe, relax and get back on track for your next meal.

Exercise is another key to great health. Spend at least 30 minutes each day doing some sort of physical activity, even if it’s just a quick walk around the block.

 

With these simple tips and our healthy and delicious baskets from Hickory Farms’ Fruits and Nuts collection, you can make 2014 the year you truly embrace a well-balanced, wholesome diet.