If your childhood is anything like mine, you can probably hear your mother’s (or grandmother’s) voice ringing in your head – “Eat your fruits and vegetables,” she’d say. Well I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but once again, your mother was right.

A balanced diet full of fruits and vegetables is beneficial to your health in many ways. They’re loaded with vitamins and nutrients that keep our bodies working in tip-top shape.

Celebrate National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month this June by challenging yourself to eat a variety of different colored produce, helping to ensure you’re consuming a wide array of nutrients. A local Farmers Market is a fun place to start. How many colors can you eat in a day?

Here are a few examples to get you going:

Red: Beets, Radish, Raspberries, Tomatoes, Strawberries, Watermelon

Orange: Butternut Squash, Carrots, Mango,Oranges, Peach, Pumpkin

Yellow: Banana, Corn, Lemon, Pear, Pineapple, Yellow Squash

Green: Asparagus, Avocados, Broccoli, Cucumbers, Green Grapes, Honeydew, Kiwi, Lettuce, Peas, Spinach, Zucchini

Blue: Blueberries

Violet: Eggplant, Purple grapes, Plums, Radicchio, Turnips 

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