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Bust Out of Your Fruit-and-Veggie Rut

Shake up your usual fruit and veggie routine—and boost your health—with these lesser-known produce picks.

| February 23rd, 2012
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Bust Out of Your Fruit-and-Veggie Rut

Sick of tossing broccoli and carrots into every stir-fry and grabbing your go-to green apple when you want a healthy afternoon snack?

MORE: Sneak in Beauty-Boosting Vegetables

Tap into your adventurous produce-eating side with a little help from Cornell University’s Vegetable program, which aims to bring lesser-known ethnic veggie options into local markets—and onto your plate. “We’re helping farmers test out different varieties of typically unknown crops and in turn, providing familiar food for our international population and exciting new options for locals,” says Robert Hadad, Fresh Market Specialist at Cornell.

Regardless of where you live, you can take a hint from this initiative and get inspired to try something new: “Breaking out of your produce rut is not only good for surprising and exciting your taste buds, but also your body in general,” says Lindsey Toth, R.D.

MORE: How to Clean Fruits and Vegetables

When you eat the same things day in and day out, you miss out on a wide variety of health and beauty-boosting nutrients you could be getting from a more varied diet. Another bonus: Supporting smaller farmers who grow new crops helps spur local agriculture. Win-win!

Check out our favorites here.

 

 

Shutterstock
Bust Out of Your Fruit-and-Veggie Rut

Sick of tossing broccoli and carrots into every stir-fry and grabbing your go-to green apple when you want a healthy afternoon snack?

MORE: Sneak in Beauty-Boosting Vegetables

Tap into your adventurous produce-eating side with a little help from Cornell University’s Vegetable program, which aims to bring lesser-known ethnic veggie options into local markets—and onto your plate. “We’re helping farmers test out different varieties of typically unknown crops and in turn, providing familiar food for our international population and exciting new options for locals,” says Robert Hadad, Fresh Market Specialist at Cornell.

Regardless of where you live, you can take a hint from this initiative and get inspired to try something new: “Breaking out of your produce rut is not only good for surprising and exciting your taste buds, but also your body in general,” says Lindsey Toth, R.D.

MORE: How to Clean Fruits and Vegetables

When you eat the same things day in and day out, you miss out on a wide variety of health and beauty-boosting nutrients you could be getting from a more varied diet. Another bonus: Supporting smaller farmers who grow new crops helps spur local agriculture. Win-win!

Check out our favorites here.

 

 

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