By: Shelby Santin: RBA Nutrition Intern

Fruits and Vegetables are a great way to get vitamins, minerals and fiber into your diet. Healthy diets that include fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of cancer and chronic diseases. According to My Plate half your “plate” should be fruits and vegetables. Here are some of RBA’s favorite ways to eat fruits and vegetables:

Banana and Peanut Butter Sandwich: Try adding cinnamon and honey to add some more flavors. This is a great on-the-go lunch to pack for busy days.

Favorite Vegetables

Salad: This is a great way to enjoy vegetables because there are so many flavors and combinations. For example, try an arugula salad with fresh mozzarella and balsamic vinegar and olive oil!

Mason jar salads is a great way to get delicious and healthy vegetables. Here are 6 recipes for mason jar salads.

Cooked Kale: You can steam kale and season with lemon and garlic. Kale is a great source of Vitamin A, C, K and calcium.  Here are tips on how to cook with the vegetable kale.

Cold Strawberries: You can freeze strawberries and then make a smoothie in a blender with yogurt. Great option for breakfast or a healthy snack or add to a salad!

Fruit and Vegetable Salad

Fruit and Vegetable Salad

Roasted Eggplant: You can chop up the eggplant in any shape that you would like and add olive oil and roast in the oven for about 30-45 minutes. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese over top for added flavor! You can also try an eggplant sandwich to eat more vegetables, here is one of our recipes.

Corn on the Cob: Corn on the cob can be steamed plain. It tastes great leftover! And can even be cut off and added to a cold salad! Here is a recipe for corn salad.

Carrot Fries: Roast the carrot fries in the oven with rosemary and olive oil. Here is our favorite recipe for carrot fries.

You may also enjoy our infographic about which foods are in season each month.

Blog updated December 2016.