With 2019 in the rearview, 2020 is the year to create a better you. While many individuals decide to start working out, quit junk food, or start a new fad diet, one of the best things you can do for your health is to add fruits and veggies to your menu. Even if your palate isn’t particularly fond of fresh produce, you can prepare many of these foods in a variety of ways to boost your nutrition and keep your taste buds happy. To jump-start your health in 2020, make sure to incorporate these fruits and vegetables into your meal plan.
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Here’s to a great 2020!
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Healthy Fruits and Veggies in 2020
Packed with flavor and found in a number of sizes and varieties, tomatoes are a staple of any healthy diet. Just a 3.5-ounce serving of tomatoes provides nearly 20% of your daily vitamin C, as well as small amounts of other necessary vitamins, including vitamin K and vitamin B6. Tomatoes also have high levels of an antioxidant called lycopene, which has been linked to improved heart health, cancer reduction, and skin protection from the sun.
Because of their relatively mild taste, tomatoes are one of the most versatile fruits available, often masquerading as a vegetable. Eat raw or add to soups, curries, or casseroles for a burst of tomatoey goodness.
2. Sweet Potatoes
Rich in vitamins and minerals such as selenium, calcium, iron, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin A, sweet potatoes are multifaceted tubers that provide a hint of sweetness to your meal. While they have a higher amount of starches and carbs than other veggies, don’t let that deter you from eating them. The amount of fiber and antioxidants can offset the higher carbohydrate intake, and may lead to lower blood pressure and steady blood sugar levels.
You can prepare sweet potatoes in tons of forms. Make a casserole, air fry them into crispy sweet potato fries, bake them, or boil them. Whatever cuisine you create will undoubtedly be delectable.
As a nationwide apple supplier, we supply tree fruits 365 days a year. Although exotic superfoods have gained traction in the nutrition world, a classic option remains: apples. While these fruits have decent amounts of Vitamin C, Vitamin K, and potassium, the true benefit of apples lies within their substantial levels of polyphenols and fiber. Polyphenols improve brain activity, digestion, and blood sugar levels. In addition, the high levels of fiber and water make apples more filling, helping you in your weight loss goals.
From Granny Smith to Red Delicious to Honeycrisp, apples come in a countless number of flavors and colors. Although apples provide a quick, easy snack, don’t overlook them as wonderful additions to salads or oatmeal.
Available in white, orange, and purple varieties, cauliflower is a vegetable that’s naturally high in B-vitamins, vitamin K, and fiber. Other antioxidants and polyphenols present in cauliflower have also been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer and reproductive cancer in both males and females.
If you love mashed potatoes but you’re limiting your carb intake, cauliflower is a wonderful alternative. Boiled, smushed, peppered, and salted, mashed cauliflower is an excellent bed for a protein or a tasty side dish. You can also eat them raw for a nice mix of texture and an earthy taste.
Instead of worrying about what foods to eliminate from your diet in 2020, turn your dietary and nutritional goals into a positive aspect by adding these fruits and veggies. Combined with regular exercise and a drive to succeed, you’ll achieve your fitness and health goals before you know it.
From our entire team at DLJ Produce, we wish you a successful, happy and healthy 2020.