The school year officially ended Saturday. With so many seniors trekking out on their career paths, I spent countless hours conducting “exit interviews” to assess their knowledge, goals, and to say goodbye. I’m sad to see so many leave, but I am excited to see how far they go! In one particular meeting, a student said to me, “I still remember the very first thing you taught me: Nobody ever got fat eating fruits and vegetables.” This is a direct quote and principle I teach again and again. If my students learned anything, I hope this was it!
We all need an overall nutritious diet high in fruits and veggies for a better, healthier life. Not only can they help you maintain a healthful weight, but they are dense in nutrients and phytonutrients that help fight off a majority of chronic diseases, such as cancer and heart disease. Summer is the perfect time to add more fresh fruits and veggies to your diet; start by perusing your local grocery store or farmers’ market, checking out new recipes, and experimenting. Remember, a healthful diet starts with fresh fruits and veggies. Happy, healthy summer!