People in Healthy Communities"
DHMH NEWS RELEASE
201 West Preston Street,
Baltimore, MD 21201Karen Black, Director
Department of Mental Health and Hygiene
Office of Public Relations
- Turn Your
Winter into a ‘Souper’ Season of Comfort
- 5 A Day Recipes Encourage Consumption of
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
For more information about Maryland 5 A Day,
contact Carol Miller at 410-767-6782.