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President's Prescription: Nutritional Lunch

Looking to ensure a bright future for you and your family? You may want to think about skipping processed foods. This week's President's Prescription with Dr. Tedd Mitchell talks about the benefits of adding more fresh fruit and vegetables to your household menu.

As summer vacation comes to an end, most parents stock up on school supplies and clothes. However, the most important part of back-to-school shopping this year should be done at the grocery store.

Studies have shown that children who eat healthy, balanced meals are more alert throughout the school day and earn higher grades, according to the United States department of agriculture.

Ideally, fruits and vegetables should be eaten more often than any other food. However, most Americans, including children, could stand to more than double their daily intake of fruits and vegetables.

The produce for better health foundation recommends parents incorporate more fruits and vegetables into their family's daily meals by:

  • Using applesauce cups as a dip for other sliced fruit
  • Substituting applesauce for oil or other fat in homemade baked goods
  • Packing applesauce instead of high-sugar snacks in school lunches
  • Adding beans to salads and vegetable soup
  • Using a food processor to finely chop vegetables and add them to soups or quesadillas

Fruits and vegetables are nutritious whether they're fresh, frozen, canned or dried. But to reduce your risk of certain diseases and maintain a healthy weight, you must remember to add them to your plate.

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