Healthy Food by Peggy Greb, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Summertime is a great time to make improvements to your diet and lifestyle. Despite the conflicting “advice” you may get about diet when reading the popular press (not to mention all of the “food rules”), adding more plants to your diet is always a good idea.

Farmers markets abound, more local produce is available in the markets at this time of year, so now is a good time to get adventurous and try some new foods. Adding more vegetables to your diet is also part of the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) plan and helps lower blood pressure.

Many people who don’t consume vegetables daily are often in one of two camps using these excuses: Read more

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