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How to Get Your Five-A-Day!

By Sara Butler

You should be eating five servings of vegetables and fruits per day -- but are you? If you’re not getting your servings in, then it can have a serious impact on your health and wellness. Remember, there’s no limit to how many fruits and vegetables you can enjoy each day if they’re not loaded with extras such as sugar and butter. But most people have a difficult time fitting in the bare minimum. Here are a few ways you can get your five-a-day in!

Start with Breakfast

Get your day off to the best start by adding a serving of a vegetable and fruit to your breakfast routine. Apples, bananas, or berries in yogurt are a great way to make sure you’re getting enough fruit. An egg scramble with spinach or some other leafy green will provide a good start to your vegetable consumption for the day as well. Continue the pattern through lunch and dinner and you’ll be set!

Snack on Them

If you need an energy boost during the day, then you can’t go wrong with fruits and vegetables as a snack. The carbohydrates in vegetables and fruits are a good source of energy. If you can combine them with a source of protein such as peanut butter or cheese, then the snack will have staying power to help keep your hunger at bay until the next meal as well.

Double Up

The recommended servings of some fruits and vegetables can be small, but this is one area of nutrition where it’s perfectly acceptable to double the serving suggestion. For example, the standard serving size of tomatoes and broccoli is a one-half cup. Go ahead, have a full cup!

Add Them as Ingredients

There are plenty of ways to sneak fruits and vegetables into your standard recipes. You can bake bread with zucchini added, use applesauce instead of oil or butter in your baked goods, or add extra vegetables such as carrots and peppers to chili or soup. If you don’t eat very many vegetables because you don’t like them, then make them hard to detect. You can grate or puree a vegetable to add into something you’re eating and never know it’s there!

Fruits and vegetables are important to you and your family's continued health and wellness. Make sure to do all you can to get the right amount in your diet!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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