Live Gourmet’s Snacking Tips during Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month

 

 Summer is just about here. Where will you be heading during these warm weather months? Whether you’re taking a road trip to the lake, spending time in the backyard or carpooling to soccer camp, Live Gourmet offers smart snacking tips for active families on-the-go.

F8B73CPSBKJune is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable month which is all the more reason to pack more brightly colored produce amongst your summer treats. The USDA recommends we eat about five servings of fresh produce every day. Yet most of us don’t nearly reach that amount.

How can we improve on this?

Jessica Beacom, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Co-Founder of Simply Nourished, recommends setting aside time each week to wash, chop and package vegetables, fruits and salads in containers that can be easily tossed into purses, backpacks or coolers for on-the-go snacking makes healthy eating much easier.

But if you find yourself in a pinch while on the road with mostly fast-food options, choose a beverage like water, low-fat milk or unsweetened tea to go with your meal suggests Choose Your Plate. You’ll stay hydrated and will keep unwanted calories from creeping in.

If camping is on the docket, bring canned produce, dried fruit and vegetables and 100% juices to eat with your campfire fare. They still count towards your daily fruit and vegetable intake!

For an afternoon at the pool, prepare healthy snacks in a fun, creative way. Produce for Kids offers a number of great ideas from ladybug strawberry snacks to peanut butter snails on their Pinterest page.

By integrating more fruits and vegetables into your daily snacks and meals, you can help shape better eating habits for your whole family. For more summer recipe ideas with leafy greens, peruse our Live Gourmet Lettuce Be Fresh blog. Happy snacking!