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97.5 Y Country Medical Minute – Eat Your Veggies!

97.5 Y Country Medical Minute – Eat Your Veggies!

In honor of National Ag Week 2018, this week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses the importance of eating vegetables and how to incorporate them into your diet.

Why is it important to eat your vegetables?

  • Vegetables contain important nutrients including potassium, dietary fiber, folic acid, and vitamins a and c.
  • Most vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories.
  • A few of the health benefits:
    • Diets rich in some vegetables and fruits can help to reduce the risk of heart disease.
    • Great for a low-calorie diet.
    • May reduce the risk of obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Am I eating enough veggies?

  • The amount varies based on your age, sex, and level of physical activity.
  • The United States Department of Agriculture has suggested serving amounts listed at ChooseMyPlate.gov.

How do I add more veggies to my diet?

  • Fire up the grill!   With warmer weather right around the corner, it is the perfect time to start thinking about vegetables on the grill.  Some suggestions of veggies to grill are mushrooms, carrots, peppers, or potatoes.
  • Think ahead:  Try to cut up fresh vegetables as soon as you get home from the store.  By prepping as soon as possible, you are able to quickly throw a healthy meal or snack together without the stress. You can even freeze bell peppers, onions, and broccoli for easy meals such as a stir-fry.
  • Eating Out?  Instead of the side of french fries that are always tempting, ask for a side of fresh vegetables.

Y-Country Medical Minute

Tune in to the Y-Country Medical Minute brought to you by Cassopolis Family Clinic Network every Monday morning at 8:40 on 97.5 Y Country, during the Matt Malone Morning Show.

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