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Make at least half of your plate Fruits and Vegetables

The RGCCISD John & Olive Hinojosa Elem. & La Union Elem. Child Nutrition Program currently participates in the USDA Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program.  The purpose of the program is to increase fresh fruit and vegetable consumption in elementary schools and it has proven successful in introducing students to a variety of produce that they otherwise might not have had the opportunity to sample.

Campuses participating in the program serve students samples of fruits and vegetables a minimum of three days per week during a designated period but not during breakfast or lunch.  Students have the opportunity to sample products and discuss the benefits of such items with the campus staff.

Eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables will help to keep you healthy in so many ways. Try and choose more vegetables and fruits at home. Go for color and variety—dark green, yellow, orange, and red.

School meals include fruits and vegetables with every serving and most people should aim for at least nine servings (at least 4½ cups) of vegetables and fruits a day, and potatoes don’t count. Go for a variety of types and colors of produce, to give your body the mix of nutrients it needs. Some  of the best choices are dark leafy greens, cooked tomatoes, and anything that’s a rich yellow, orange, or red color.

Most fruits and vegetables are naturally low in fat, sodium and calories, and none have cholesterol. Fruits and vegetables are important sources of many nutrients, including potassium, dietary fiber, folate, vitamin A, and vitamin C. The health benefits of a diet rich in vegetables and fruits is clear: they help to reduce risk for heart disease, they may help to protect against certain types of cancers, reduce the risk of obesity, and type 2 diabetes.

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 We're going to kick off the year with these delicious & nutritious items! 

 

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Dragon fruit

 

Dragon Fruit, also known as Pitaya, is a beautiful tropical fruit in the cactus family. There are many different kinds of dragon fruits with a variety of shapes, sizes, colors inside and out, and flavor profiles. The most recognizable variety is the pink fruit with white or bright magenta flesh speckled with edible seeds. Although it is the fruit of a cactus, it does not have any spines or needles on the outer skin (unlike its cousin, the Cactus Pear). The white flesh dragon fruit is mild with a slight earthy flavor. The red flesh one is a little sweeter and more flavorful. The texture is often compared to kiwifruit.Related image

 

 

 

 

 

Blueberries

Blueberries are the king of antioxidants. Antioxidants protect your body from free radicals, which are unstable molecules that can damage your cells and contribute to aging and diseases, such as cancer. Blueberries are believed to have one of the highest antioxidant levels of all common fruits and vegetables.The main antioxidant compounds in blueberries belong to a family of polyphenols antioxidants called flavonoids. One group of flavonoids in particular — anthocyanins — is thought to be responsible for much of these berries’ beneficial health effects. Blueberries have been shown to directly increase antioxidant levels in your body.

 

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Colored Cauliflower

Colored Cauliflower is available in green (also known as Broccoflower), purple and orange varieties. Although it may look different than the popular white cauliflower, the taste is just the same: mild, sweet and nutty. The orange and purple cauliflower are higher in antioxidants than regular white cauliflower. Purple cauliflower’s true origin is not known, but the purple color is natural. It is the antioxidant anthocyanin that gives it the purple pigment.

 

 

 

 

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Jicama

 

Jicama (pronounced “Hee-Ka-Ma”) is native to Mexico and also known as a Mexican potato or yam bean. It has also become a favorite throughout Asia and can be substituted for fresh water chestnuts. Jicama is an excellent source of vitamin C and fiber. The natural fiber in Jicama is also considered a “pre-biotic,” which helps good bacteria grow in the digestive tract.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional program information:

Program History

The Handbook

Bright Kids/Bright School English & Spanish

100 Fruits and Vegetables

Farm to School - Produce Availability

 

 

 

 

 

 

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