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Karen Black, Director
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Turn Your Winter into a ‘Souper’ Season of Comfort
5 A Day Recipes Encourage Consumption of Fruits, Vegetables
 
 
        BALTIMORE, MD (January 16, 2002) -- A delicious way to eat more fruits and vegetables during the winter season is through one of America’s favorite comfort foods, soup.
 
        The Maryland 5 A Day for Better Health Program, part of the Maryland Department of Health & Mental Hygiene’s Division of Cardiovascular Health & Nutrition, has posted recipes for a “souper” season of comfort to encourage fruit and vegetable intake this winter.  The recipes, which include delectable items such as Hoppin’ Johns Good Luck Soup and Gold Medal Curry Soup, can be found on the Internet at http://mdpublichealth.org/ocd/cardio/html/five.html.
 
        “Nourishing soups have always been important in the world of nutrition and good health,” said Carol Miller, Maryland’s 5 A Day Coordinator. “In fact, there are few better ways to get a variety of fruits, vegetables, and all of their nutrients, in one meal.”
 
        From football-playoff bowls of chili to winter sunshine soup, people will be able to bump up their consumption of fruits and vegetables while savoring the comfort and taste they seek from winter meals.
 
        Research shows that eating at least five daily servings of fruits and vegetables can help reduce the risk of certain chronic diseases.  A serving is probably smaller than you think -- it comprises any of the following: six ounces of 100 percent fruit juice, ½ cup of raw or cooked fruits or vegetables, 1 cup of leafy greens, a medium piece of fruit, or ¼ cup of dried fruits or vegetables.  And, one bowl of soup can include as many as three fruit and veggie servings, so an additional glass of juice and a snack of carrots or raisins would easily bring you up to the 5 A Day goal.
 
        “5 A Day includes fresh, frozen, canned, and dried fruits and vegetables, and all of these can be used as ingredients in a wonderful soup,” said Ms. Miller.  “Although your favorite local fresh summer produce is not in season, you can still use your favorite fruit or vegetable in a winter soup or any meal.”
 
        The 5 A Day program also recommends soups as great ways to get fruit and vegetable servings when eating away from home.  “But reach for the hearty vegetable soups with a low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth,” advises Miller.  “Tasty soups, filled with colorful vegetables, pack a powerful punch against disease.”
 
        Check out the soup recipes that can take you right through the Winter Olympics.  Additional 5 A Day soup recipes, as well as delicious main dish, smoothie, salad, side dish and dessert recipes are found in a new cookbook entitled 5 A Day: The Better Health Cookbook, published in January 2002 and available now in bookstores. The over 150 recipes it contains make it even easier and tastier to fit five servings of fruits and vegetables into daily life.
           
        For more information about Maryland 5 A Day, contact Carol Miller at 410-767-6782.
 
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