Military Service Members often fall short of achieving key nutrition habits, including eating the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables. Supporting nutritional fitness includes improving the availability and access to nutritious choices through programs such as Go for Green®. Learn more ways to promote nutrient-rich fruits and veggies using G4G strategies.
Create a menu refresh
If you’re involved in creating, reviewing, or collaborating on the menu at your local dining facility or galley, market, grab ‘n go, or snack bar, there are plenty of opportunities to serve more fruits and veggies. Most fruit and veggie recipes code Green, an easy way to increase your percentage of Green-coded menu items.
- Up the amount of fruit and veggie options on the menu. Add veggie sides at breakfast and on the Grill. Include diced fruit as toppings at Specialty Bars and whole fruit or fruit salad for grab ‘n go too. These are great nudges to encourage Military Service Members to eat a more colorful plate. Check out Armed Forces Recipe Service (AFRS) recipes for inspiration.
- Serve different cuts of fruits and veggies. Offering a variety of sliced, diced, and whole options is more appealing to diners.
- Offer Green- and Yellow-coded desserts. Fruit-based desserts often code Yellow, sometimes even Green. Yogurt parfaits are also popular options and make great on-the-go choices.
- Use an appealing name for menu items. “Citrus Twist Carrots” sounds more enticing (and flavorful!) than “Roasted Carrots.”
- Place fruit and veggie choices front and center. You can put them either first in line (serving station) or at eye-level (shelf, fridge, etc.), so diners are more likely to choose them.
Promote produce as performance fuel
Fruits and veggies are nutrient powerhouses. The vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants they provide are valuable for optimal mental and physical performance. Educate Military Service Members on ways to incorporate more fruits and veggies throughout their day.
- Connect the dots with performance nutrition. Link good eating habits, such as consuming plenty of colorful fruits and veggies, to better performance, readiness, and health to show diners how powerful nutrition can be.
- Advertise power plates. Encourage Military Service Members to fill ½ their plate with veggies and enjoy fruit as a snack or dessert.
- Educate military personnel on how to find out what’s in season. It’s easy to build a power plate with fruits and veggies that are at their peak of nutrition and taste!
- Direct Warfighters to fruit- and veggie-rich on-the-go options for quick meals and snacks. Encourage them to look for a Dietitian Approved Fueling Station at their local commissary for the best high-performance choices.