for Including More Delicious Fruits & Vegetables in Your Diet
Erin Rogers, Health-E-Meals.com
about everyone knows that fruits and vegetables are a very important part of a
healthy diet. Even though we know this to be true, many of us still find it hard
to include the recommended 3-5 servings of vegetables and 2-4 servings of fruit
per day in our diets. Once you learn a few easy tricks, soon you'll have no trouble
eating a variety of fruits and vegetables every day.
you'll want to become generally familiar with serving sizes. They are not as big
as you might think. Here are the some guidelines for one serving of fruits or
cup of raw leafy vegetables (such as lettuce or spinach)
cup of other vegetables, cooked or chopped raw
cup cooked or canned legumes (beans and peas)
cup of vegetable juice
medium apple, banana, orange
cup of chopped, cooked, or canned fruit
cup of fruit juice
cup dried fruit
are some practical tips anyone can use:
sure to include at least one fruit serving at breakfast, preferably two. Try a
glass of orange juice and a whole piece of fruit, or a smoothie using both juice
and whole fruit.
snack time to add a serving or two of fruits or vegetables to your daily diet,
such as raw vegetables with some light dip or dressing, or a bowl of chopped fruit
topped with some fat-free yogurt.
at least two servings of vegetables with both lunch and dinner. A lunch example
would be to add both lettuce and tomato to a sandwich, and some raw vegetables
on the side. For dinner, try serving 2 sides of steamed vegetables. Or, eat a
bowl of tomato or vegetable soup or gazpacho as an appetizer. Try a pizza with
lots of veggie toppings.
you prepare dinner, fix a bowl of fresh veggies to munch on and then place it
on the table with dinner. You'd be surprised how easy it is to down a 1/2 cup
of cherry tomatoes or sliced cucumbers when you're munching away.
half your dinner plate with vegetables, and go for seconds on veggies before you'll
allow yourself seconds of the entrée.
you don't have any fresh vegetables or fruit, keep frozen and canned on hand -
they are surprisingly comparable in terms of nutrition.
an ice-cold glass of vegetable juice with a meal or for a snack.
it a point to try a new fruit or vegetable as often as you can - it's a great
way to discover wonderful new favorites!
fruit in your dessert selections. You can serve it with angel food cake, yogurt,
light whipping topping, chocolate syrup, light ice cream, or all by itself!
you use all of the suggestions in this list, you'd get 5-6 servings of vegetables
and 3-4 servings of fruit in a day. That doesn't seem so hard, does it? Happy
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