Try new fruits and veggies by swapping out some of your favorites

By Lauren Kollauf on Monday, August 20, 2018


It's easy to fall into the routine of buying the same fruits and vegetables each time you go to the grocery store. Apples and bananas usually make their way into our carts, and a tossed salad is an easy go-to when we're looking to add some green to our plates.

5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! recommends that we eat five fruits and vegetables every day. The next time you reach for your favorite produce, try switching it up to avoid getting bored.

Try one of these "If you like this... try that" swaps based on produce you already enjoy. Who knows — maybe you'll discover your new favorite fruit or vegetable!

If you like...

Apples — try Asian pear!

Like apples, Asian pears are known for their round shape and crisp, juicy texture. Asian pears are good sources of fiber, potassium, copper and vitamins K and C.

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Carrots — try parsnips!

Carrots and parsnips are both root vegetables, but parsnips are slightly sweeter. Parsnips are a good source of fiber, vitamin C, folate and manganese.

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Cherries — try pomegranate!

Usually you spit seeds out, but pomegranate seeds are the edible part of this fruit. Pomegranate juice contains high levels of antioxidants which protect cells and reduce inflammation.

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Green beans — try sugar snap peas!

Sugar snap peas are crisp and fresh, similar to green beans. You can eat the pod too! Edible pea pods are a good source of vitamins C and K, in addition to magnesium, iron and folate.

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Radishes — try kohlrabi!

Kohlrabi are crunchy but have a milder flavor than radishes. Enjoy it raw or cooked. Kohlrabi is fiber rich and is an excellent source of potassium, glucosinolates and antioxidants.

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See a full list of "If you like this... try that" fruit and vegetable swaps from The Produce Moms. 

For teachers and day care providers

Incorporate these fruit and vegetable swaps into a fun taste test activity or introduce #TryItTuesday in your classroom. A taste test exposes students to new foods and gives them a chance to ask questions or offer feedback. Hear their voices with a vote at the end of the activity using words or images.

DOWNLOAD: Taste Test activity for students

5-2-1-0 HEALTHY CHOICES COUNT!

5210Healthy Choices Count! is a health-focused movement for kids that’s under the nationally recognized program, 5-2-1-0. This proven, scientific method helps keep kids healthy by focusing on the importance of good habits. And it all starts by encouraging them to eat and play the right way. Learn more.