Alicia Jacobs, MD, family medicine physician, is Vice Chair of Clinical Operations in Family Medicine at The University of Vermont Medical Center. She is also practices at Family Medicine Colchester.

Alicia Jacobs, MD, family medicine physician, is Vice Chair of Clinical Operations in Family Medicine at The UVM Medical Center. She practices at Family Medicine Colchester.

Did you know that more than 30 percent of Vermonters eat less than 1 fruit a day? And, on average, we eat 1.3 fruits and 1.7 vegetables per day. 

Meanwhile, the recommended guidelines are to eat 2-4 fresh fruits and 3-5 vegetables per day. It is hard to reach this goal! Limiting healthy choices to meals makes it even more challenging. A great trick to achieve your goals on fruit and vegetable intake is to choose healthy snacks. Generally, it is better to choose healthy carbs (fruits and vegetables) and proteins as a snack.  See our list of suggestions below.

Supplement your snacks with the healthy choice of water or seltzer. Sweetened beverages add many extra and unneeded calories.

Why do it? Studies show that eating well in early childhood helps prevent adult obesity, and that eating high levels of fruits and vegetables during the adolescent teen years can help decrease cancer rates later in life. 

Choose healthy fuel for your body on a daily basis. Then, treats on a special occasion are okay! 

Healthy Snacks UVMMC 10-15[1]_Page_1

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