Celebrate the summer season with fresh fruits, veggies

Morris said eating in-season fruits and vegetables can help make healthy choices more fun.

July is Fresh Produce Month - and Mexico-based SSM Health Nurse and Certified Diabetes Educator Crystal Morris said here's no better way to celebrate the summer than with in-season fruits and vegetables.

In this week's Family First segment, KRCG 13 spoke with Morris about how to add fresh fruits and vegetables to your family's diet in the summer months.

"Eating produce in the summer means eating a rainbow," she said. "Making a point to eat all the different colors is a good method for keeping healthy choices fresh and new for your family."

Morris said eating a rainbow of fresh fruit and vegetables colors can help you and your family avoid getting tired of any one fruit or vegetable. "It's important to have a variety of fruits and vegetables so that you don't get bored with some of the fruits and vegetables you eat on a daily or weekly basis," she said.

In Morris' opinion, the summer brings some of the most fun fruits into season. "I think about the Fourth of July and some of the summer holidays. I think of strawberries and watermelon, kiwis and cantaloupe... Some of the easy grab and go things you can eat on the go," she said.

Morris also said in-season fruits and vegetables can bring back old traditions or even help create new ones. "With your left over fruits and vegetables from your left over parties and events, you can make a fruit pizza or even a fruit American pie, where you use a cookie topping and blackberries and strawberries to create the colors of the american flag," she said.

At the end of the day, Morris said almost any fruit or vegetable makes a good addition to any meal, but fresher is always better. "Try to get some of those that are in season because they're a lot fresher and healthier for your body," she said.

Watch KRCG 13 at 5 p.m. next Friday for our next Family First segment - we'll talk with a pediatrician about how to encourage your kids to eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables every day.

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