From red apples to green beans, blueberries, and everything in between, fruits and veggies are colorful, flavorful and powerful for your health. They’re naturally low in fat, calories and sodium and have no cholesterol. They contain plenty of vitamins, minerals and fiber that can help lower blood pressure, strengthen immune systems and prevent cancer.

All fruits and vegetables are nutritious and packed with tons of health benefits like:

  • Mangos – high in magnesium, potassium and calcium (lowers blood pressure)
  • Avocados – high in fiber (lowers cholesterol)
  • Broccoli – high in vitamin K (protects against blood clots)
  • Spinach – high in vitamins A and C (strengthens immune system, protects cells from damage)

The benefits of fruits and veggies don’t stop there. Fresh produce is not only healthier than most snack foods, but it often costs less too. A recent study by the USDA shows that people can purchase the recommended daily amount of fruits and veggies for as little as $2.50 a day!

Thanks to local farmers markets, everyone can enjoy the mouthwatering taste of fresh, locally grown food like fruits and veggies. From organic produce to local dairy, grain and protein products, farmers markets offer tons of fresh options to help you eat healthier. Plus, when you buy local you help more than just yourself—you bring support to farmers and their families around the community too.

The second week of August is National Farmers Market Week. The best way to celebrate? Buy fresh, buy local and visit a farmers market near you. You can find a long list of local farmers market locations at ShapeYourFutureOK.com, as well as tons of healthy, easy-to-make recipes packed with delicious, nutritious fruits and veggies.