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Explore the USDA Food Pyramid


Updated April 16, 2014

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Fruits and Vegetbles
fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are nutritious and generally low in calories.

Nikole Hasley

The pyramid includes lots of fruits and vegetables, especially dark green and brightly colored veggies. Fruits and vegetables are important for their vitamin and mineral content along with fiber and potentially beneficial phytochemicals.

Sadly, most people don't eat enough fruits and vegetables every day. It's not too difficult to improve your diet. Here are some tips:

  • Keep fresh fruit on your kitchen counter instead of a cookie jar.
  • Replace greasy chips with freshly cut vegetables -- they taste great with any dip.
  • Explore vegetarian and vegan meals -- you don't have to give up meat entirely, but it doesn't hurt to add a few meatless meals to your weekly menu.

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