Healthy Children - February 2017

Fresh Start

The holidays are over and the New Year has arrived. The trees and decorations have been put back into storage and now it’s time for a fresh start! Why not start off the year with fresh fruits, fresh veggies, and a new found goal of starting and reviving healthy habits? Not only do you have the opportunity for a fresh start, but you can also do it with little, to no cost!

When fresh fruits and vegetables are in season, they taste the best and cost less.  A few of the fruits and vegetables that are in season for the winter months include: apples, oranges, pears, grapefruit, yams, and tangerines. Make a New Year’s resolution on behalf of your family that you are going to start this year off fresh! Below are some cooking and shopping tips that you may want to keep in mind to help you during your fresh start.

Always steam vegetables in small amounts of water to keep the vitamins from being washed out in the cooking water.
Add low fat or reduced calorie dressing with some herbs and spices to flavor your vegetables instead of butter, sauces, cheese or frying.
Cut vegetables into smaller pieces of the same size for even cooking.
Buy only enough fresh produce to be used in 3-4 days to prevent spoilage and waste.
When fruits & vegetables are on sale, buy more so they can be frozen for use later.

Antonia Mercer, MS
Early Childhood Intervention Coordinator
UIC Chicago Partnership for Health Promotion
Office of Community Engagement and Neighborhood
Health Partnership