Fruits and Veggies Diet

why to eat a healthy diet

Phytochemicals And Their Benifits

Phytochemicals are substances found in plants that may fight diseases or cause other healthy benefits. Some of the benefits phytochemicals have are help reducing the risk for cancer, heart disease, help protect against blindness, and lower blood pressure . These are several reason why you should add phytochemical in your diet just by eating they daily count of 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables.

Examples:

There are several types of phytochemicals that you can eat. Such as:

Lycopene- in reds For example: tomato's and red peppers

Lutein- in yellow/orange and dark greens For example: kale, oranges and peaches

Allicins- in white/tan and browns For example: garlic, onions, and potato's

Indoles- in greens For example: broccoli, and cabbage

Fruit Recipe: Fruit Pizza

Ingredients:

1roll (16.5 oz) Pillsbury refrigerated sugar cookies

1package (8 oz) cream cheese, softened

1/3 cup sugar 1/2teaspoon vanilla 2 kiwifruit, peeled, halved lengthwise and sliced 1cup halved or quartered fresh strawberries 1cup fresh or frozen blueberries 1/2 cup apple jelly

Steps:

1. Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 12-inch pizza pan with cooking spray. In pan, break up cookie dough; press dough evenly in bottom of pan to form crust. Bake 16 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.

2. In small bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar and vanilla with electric mixer on medium speed until fluffy. Spread mixture over cooled crust. Arrange fruit over cream cheese. Stir jelly until smooth; spoon or brush over fruit. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 1 hour. To serve, cut into wedges or squares. Cover and refrigerate any remaining pizza.

Vegetable Recipe: Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients:

4 1/2 cups cooked and mashed sweet potatoes

1/2 cup butter, melted

1/3 cup milk

1 cup white sugar

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 eggs, beaten

1 cup light brown sugar

1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1/3 cup butter

1 cup chopped pecans

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together mashed sweet potatoes, 1/2 cup butter, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and eggs. Spread sweet potato mixture into the prepared baking dish. In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar and flour. Cut in 1/3 cup butter until mixture is crumbly, then stir in pecans. Sprinkle pecan mixture over the sweet potatoes.
  3. Bake for 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.

My Plate

My Plate is a visual image of the 5 main food groups. It shows what a meal plate should look like. The five groups that need to be incorporated into your daily meals.

Meals With Several Food Groups:

Tacos

Spaghetti

Pizza