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June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month

Posted on Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 at 4:33 pm
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June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month.  Here are some tips to help you get more fruit and vegetables into your diet.Did you know that June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month? This is a great opportunity to get more healthy fruits and vegetables into your diet. Here are a bunch of other helpful ideas to try this month.

Tips for Storing Fruits and Vegetables
The Fruits and Veggies More Matters website has some helpful tips for storing your fruits and vegetables. Some of their advice applies to not only fresh produce, but also produce that has been frozen or canned.

The big idea is to practice the FIFO rule. FIFO stands for “first in, first out”. Make sure you are rotating your stock of fruits and vegetables so that the oldest ones are easiest to grab. This will help you to eat the food before it goes bad and reduce waste. Supermarkets practice FIFO – you can do it, too!

Visit a Farmers’ Market
Some places have Farmers’ Markets every week. Other places, who experience a lot of rainy days in spring, or snow in winter, might only have Farmers’ Markets during the summer. No matter where you live, your best chance of finding a local Farmers’ Market will happen when the weather is nice. June is a great month to find a Farmers’ Market.

One of the great things about Farmers’ Markets is that you can be absolutely certain that the fruits and vegetables that you buy from it are fresh. You also will be buying local, a practice that helps sustain local farmers. Buying local is “greener” than buying food that has been shipped from far away.

Wash Your Produce
It is important to know how to properly wash your fresh fruits and vegetables before you eat them (or serve them to your family). Washing your produce helps remove the dirt, traces of pesticides, and the wax coating that has been added to the produce (to keep it looking nice in the grocery store).

Do not use soap when you wash your fruits and vegetables. There is a chance that you won’t be able to remove all the soap – and that could make people sick. Use clean tap water to wash your produce. You don’t have to use a specialized produce scrub. Clean water works just fine!

How Much Produce Should You Eat?
The United States Department of Agriculture has a chart that shows the recommended daily amounts of fruit that a person should consume in a day. There is another helpful chart that shows how much vegetables a person needs to eat (either daily or weekly). Follow those recommendations might help improve your health.

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Good Tip: Saving money is important – especially if you have a lot of expenses like bills to pay, loans to pay off, and all the other things that drain your bank account. Figuring out a way to save money can feel tedious to some, and like a punishment to others. U.S. News suggests that you try one of these money saving challenges. The “No Eating Out for a Month” Challenge This one is self-explanatory. The goal is to avoid eating out for an entire month. This might be super easy for people who enjoy making meals at home. People who really enjoy dining out, or ordering food to be sent to their home, may struggle with this one. It’s worth a try because spending money on take-out is more expensive than buying groceries. The Pantry Challenge This one is a variation of the “No Eating Out for a Month” challenge. The goal is to use up all of your groceries before you buy more. It forces you to try and remember why you bought a food or beverage that you don’t know what to do with, and gives you the opportunity to find a way to use it. The one exemption to this challenge is the foods that have expired. Don’t eat them! Throw them in the trash. The “No Spend” Challenge Make a goal to avoid spending money during an entire weekend. The only exemption in this challenge is that you are allowed to pay bills. This challenge is interesting because it requires creativity. You must be creative and find workarounds for problems that you would typically solve by spending money. You may have a different outlook on spending after finishing this challenge.