Fruits and Vegetables

Barbara J. Feldman

In honor of June being National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month, today’s tour extols the health benefits of including more produce in our diets.

  • CDC: Fruits and Veggies Matter5 stars

    Although not specifically for kids, this CDC site has interactive tools, tips, and information for all ages. How many fruits and veggies do you need each day? Enter your age, sex, and level of daily physical activity into the tool on the front page, and learn the benefits of adding more fruits and vegetables into your daily diet. Other reasons to visit include Fruit & Vegetable of the Month (pretty pictures to enjoy with your little ones) and What Counts as a Cup? "In general, 1 cup of raw or cooked vegetables or 100% vegetable juice, or 2 cups of raw leafy greens can be considered as 1 cup from the vegetable group."

  • Dole: Super Kids5 stars

    With comics, games, music, and videos, Dole Super Kids makes eating right fun. The site also includes recipes, nutrition guidelines, fitness suggestions, quick facts, and lesson plans for teachers. "What are phytochemicals? Pronounced ?FIGHT-oh-CHEM-icals, 'they are natural compounds found in fruit, vegetables and other plants. In fact, the term ?'phyto' derives from the Greek word for ?'plant.' There are well over a thousand known phytochemicals and possibly many more waiting to be discovered."

  • Food Champs5 stars

    Created by the Produce for Better Health Foundation (the same non-profit that publishes Fruits & Veggies: More Matters) this educational game site is targeted at kids from two to eight-years old. Choose a comic-book character to be your champion (a skateboarding banana or orange, for example) and jump into the games. Activities include coloring pages, games such as Fruit & Vegetable Math, printable worksheets, recipes, and a gallery of kid-submitted artwork.

  • Fruits & Veggies: More Matters5 stars

    "Fill half your plate with fruits and veggies." For high-school students and grownups, Fruits & Veggies: More Matters explains why produce is so good for you, and how to get the most from them. From current research on why fresh fruits and vegetables have more health benefits than photochemical supplements, to recipes and kitchen tips on storing produce. Best clicks include a seasonal guide to what's fresh now, a gardening guide, and budget tips for including more fruits and vegetables in your shopping list.

  • Producepedia5 stars

    Brought to you by Western Growers trade association, Producepedia reminds us that "California and Arizona farmers grow almost half the produce found in grocery stores across America." In addition to stories about the farmers, Producepedia lives up to its name in providing an encyclopedia of fruits, vegetables and nuts. Each entry includes a history ("Apricots originally came from China."), nutrition facts, season info, and ripeness and storage tips. "If you want to ripen immature apricots, keep them in a brown paper bag. Keep them at room temperature until they are slightly soft."

  • Honorable Mentions

    The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!

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  • Feldman, Barbara. "Fruits and Vegetables." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 12 Jun. 2012. Web. 5 Dec. 2014. < >.

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  • By . Originally published June 12, 2012. Last modified March 9, 2014.

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