Get Your Five a Day
By Donna Stark
You may have heard a thing or two about eating five servings of fruit and vegetables a day and although that doesn't sound like a lot, many people find it challenging to fit that amount into their daily diet, and I think most people can understand why. We are all busy. We're lucky to run out the door in the morning with just a coffee in hand, we sacrifice our lunches for work and business, and our evenings are filled with one activity after the next. But that's really no excuse for pushing your health and wellness to the side. So stop sneaking into your child's box of fruit snacks (they don't count as an actual serving of fruit anyway) and start eating with more intention!
Getting Your Five In
Nearly three cups of fruit and vegetables a day. That's it. And even though experts actually recommend consuming more than that, you will be doing your body good if you can fit that amount into your daily diet. So how can you start? Well, let's take a look at some easy suggestions!
- Start with breakfast - Breakfast is a perfect opportunity to start your day with a serving or two of fruits. Try some grapefruit, an apple, a banana, or a handful of berries on your cereal or yogurt. The options are endless.
- Prep some snacks - Skip the vending machine by taking some extra time at the beginning of the week to prep your daily snacks. Fill enough plastic sandwich bags with carrots, celery, bell peppers, cucumbers, broccoli florets, and cherry tomatoes to get your required servings throughout the week.
- Double up - If vegetables are on your menu for dinner tonight, plan to double up on your serving! Unlike some other foods, it's perfectly OK to eat a larger serving size of your vegetables. Or, you can always choose to make a side salad as well! Salads are a great way to add another serving of vegetables (and fruit) to your meal.
- Use for baking and cooking - Incorporating fruit and vegetables into your recipes is an easy way to get the recommended amount of servings without even trying. Bake up a batch of zucchini or banana bread, use applesauce in place of oil, or chop vegetables into your favorite chili or spaghetti sauce recipe. It's time to get creative!
Being Intentional for Improved Health
Being intentional with a healthy diet is the easiest way to improve your overall health and wellness. On top of that, it's the tastiest too! So plan ahead and start getting your five in every day of the week! Before long, you will end up feeling better than you ever have before, but more importantly, you won't even be tempted by your child's box of fruit snacks again.
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