Eat Right to Stay Well!

chicken noodle soup istock 140x121When the cold weather hits, it’s always tempting to eat starchy, fatty “comfort foods.” But remember, in the winter months, you and your family might not get enough exercise to burn high-calorie meals. That’s why it’s important to include lots of fruits and vegetables in your winter diet. Not only will this help you maintain a healthy weight, it will give you the vitamins and minerals you need to stay healthy. 

It may be difficult to find your favorite fruits and vegetables during the winter, but you still have healthy options. You can buy fresh, frozen, or canned fruits and vegetables, too. Look for fruits and vegetables throughout the store – not just in the produce aisle.

Type

Fresh

Frozen

Canned

Positives

Lots of nutritional value Same nutritional value as fresh, comes ready for cooking – washed and sliced  Easy, less expensive, longer shelf life 

Negatives

Can be expensive and might not always be in season, shorter shelf life  Might not be as crisp or fresh  May have already been heated, may already have preservatives, low nutritional value 

Tips for Buying & Preparing 

Wash well before eating  Avoid additives such as butter or cream  Buy with low salt or low sugar, rinse well before eating