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Fruits and Vegetables

Get your Healthy Eating Packet to learn more about healthy eating and active living. Download online or call 311 for a hard-copy.

Fruits and vegetables are a delicious and affordable way to eat healthy. They contain lots of important vitamins and minerals, as well as fiber, which helps keep you regular and makes you feel full on very few calories. Enjoy fruits and vegetables at mealtime, as a snack, or even on the go.

Whether eating them fresh, canned or frozen, you have lots of options that can fit within your schedule and your budget. Whether you eat them fresh, or grab them from the freezer or cabinet, use our plate planner (PDF) to plan quick, healthy meals for you and your family.

Tips for fitting more fruits and vegetables into your day:
  • Eat as snacks on the go – a banana or carrot sticks are easy to pack
  • Try a new vegetable with your meal. Sauté green leafy vegetables, such as spinach or Swiss chard, in olive oil with spices, such as garlic and pepper.
  • Choose fruit as a dessert. Bake an apple or pear with some cinnamon and a touch of butter. This makes a delicious fall dessert.
  • Make a fruit salad. This is a great addition to any meal or can be packed as a snack on the go.
  • Switch from white potatoes to sweet potatoes or yams. They have more vitamins and fiber and fewer calories.

NYC farmers' markets provide an opportunity for you to buy fresh and affordable produce while supporting local farmers.

All NYC farmers' markets that accept SNAP benefits (formerly known as Food Stamps), will give one Health Buck coupon (worth $2 in fresh fruits and vegetables) to each customer for every $5 spent using their EBT card. You won’t be alone. In 2013, more than $1 million dollars was spent at farmers’ markets using EBT. That’s a lot of high quality produce for a great value!

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Fruits and Vegetables: Take Me With You (PDF)