to Shop for Fruits and Vegetables

How to Shop for Fruits and Vegetables

Get healthy grocery shopping tips from Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, for picking the right fruits and vegetables to eat healthy.

Hello, I'm Dawn Jackson Blatner, Registered Dietitian with Fitness Magazine, and I'm here at Stop & Shop in Union, New Jersey in the produce section of a grocery store. Did you know that 50 percent, half of your grocery cart should be stock pile high with a lot of colorful fruits and vegetables? Because each day, we need to eat 2 cups of veggies and 2 cups of fruits to be healthy. Color is the key when you're picking produce because each color will help protect a different part of your body. One of the greatest tricks of all is to have an everyday veggie tray. So, you can buy a pre-made veggie tray or you can make one yourself. If you buy a pre-made one, swap out the fatty dips and opt for something like I have here, like a hummus. And if you put this at eye level on your fridge, you are bound to eat more fruits and vegetables. When you're in your produce section, opt for local seasonal produce. Seasonal produce is that stuff that's usually on sale. It's picked at its peak of optimal nutrition. And when you buy local, not only are you doing a good thing for your body, but you're also supporting the local farmers. I see here a sign that says, "It's Jersey Fresh", so it mean that this is coming from farmers close to home.