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Incorporate Fall Colors Into Your Diet For Healthy Results
11/21/2011

ALLEN, Texas — The kids are busy with homework and extracurricular activities. The work load is mounting. Time — what is that anymore?

With all the extra demands on schedules, many nights a week the family is eating out. Everyone is feeling the drain of more output and less healthy food input. Before it gets hazy, here are several fun fall fruits and veggies that will increase energy and help maintain a healthy diet for all members of the family.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has several recommendations about the benefits of fruits and vegetables. It can be fun to try a variety of different dishes to keep dinner time from being boring. Here are just a few ideas from the CDC:

  • Cauliflower: Not just raw, try this one mashed or roasted as an alternative to potatoes. Cauliflower is high in folate, fiber, Vitamin C and K.
  • Figs: The Fiber Fruit & the Fruit of the Month! This fruit contains more fiber than any other fruit or vegetable.
  • Pumpkins: Decorate & Dine! Not just for pie, try pumpkin soup! Pumpkins are high in Vitamins A and C and folate
  • Squash: Invigorate your game with some tasty, colorful squash! This vegetable is primo with regard to nutrition — high in Vitamins A and C, potassium, fiber, folate, and Thiamin.
  • Sweet Potatoes: Makes a great substitution for that regular spud! Sweet potatoes are high in Vitamins A, C and B6, fiber, copper, and potassium.
  • Clementine oranges: California orange meet your “Mini-Me!” Clementines are high in Vitamin C, fiber, and folate.
  • Tomatoes: Sliced, juiced, or pureed — any which way, it’s a health treat! High in potassium and Vitamin C.

“These fruits and veggies are great for most diets,” says Dr. Starling Reid, a physician on the medical staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen. “As with any dietary changes, check with your physician about the amounts of certain foods in your particular diet in conjunction with any medication you may be taking.”

Autumn is full of rich, vibrant and warm colors. Remember this when choosing fruits and veggies because the most nutrition comes from those with darker and vibrant colors.

For more information, visit fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov/benefits. For more information on the hospital’s services and educational classes, visit TexasHealth.org/Allen.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Allen is a 73-bed acute-care hospital serving the northern Collin County area since 2000. The hospital’s services include women’s services, a Level II neonatal intensive care unit, orthopedics, pediatrics, wound care and sleep medicine. Texas Health Allen, an affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, has more than 500 physicians on its medical staff practicing in more than 25 specialties. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL or visit TexasHealth.org/Allen.

About Texas Health Resources
Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States. The health system includes 24 acute care and short-stay hospitals that are owned, operated, joint-ventured or affiliated with Texas Health Resources. It includes the Texas Health Presbyterian, Texas Health Arlington Memorial and Texas Health Harris Methodist hospitals, a large physician group, outpatient facilities, and home health, preventive and fitness services, and an organization for medical research and education. For more information about Texas Health Resources, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org.

Doctors on the medical staff practice independently and are not employees or agents of the hospital.

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