September is Fruit and Veggies—More Matters Month and the perfect time to celebrate the health benefits of eating fruit and vegetables.

Fruit and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet that can help protect you from chronic conditions such as heart disease, bone loss, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, some cancers (such as colorectal cancer); they can even increase your lifespan!

Living longer, healthier lives is top of mind for many people and a life-long diet rich in fruits and veggies can help get you there. In fact, a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that fruits and vegetables—especially cruciferous veggies—may lengthen your lifespan and decrease heart disease risk.* Cruciferous veggies include broccoli, kale, collards, cabbage, cauliflower, bok choy, Brussels sprouts and rapini.

Foods loaded with “superpower” antioxidants have also been found to help prevent chronic disease. Try these …


Cauliflower & Broccoli Gratin w/Goat Cheese
Makes: 4 Servings
Cook time: 10 minutes


    • 2 cups cauliflower florets
    • 2 cups broccoli florets
    • 4 ounces soft goat cheese
    • ½ cup fat-free plain yogurt
    • ¼ cup sliced almonds, toasted


  1. Preheat broiler
  2. Place 1 inch of water in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Place the cauliflower and broccoli in a steamer basket and add to the pan. Cover and steam for 5 minutes, or until tender. Transfer to an oven-proof gratin dish.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the goat cheese and yogurt to remove and lumps. Spoon over the vegetables. Broil for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the cheese begins to brown. Sprinkle with the almonds and serve.

Nutrition Information:
169 Calories; 11g Fat; 5g Saturated Fat; 1g Polyunsaturated fat; 4g Monounsaturated; 15mg Cholesterol; 150 mg Sodium; 410mg Potassium; 9g Carbohydrate; 2g Fiber; 11g Protein

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*Am J Clin Nutr 2011; 94:240–6


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