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Produce Is Where It's At!

By Donna Stark

It's no secret that most of us could stand to eat a healthier diet, but it's not enough to just eliminate those chips at lunch and that late night bowl of ice cream. Sure, it may be a great place to start, but if you really want to make a difference in your overall health and wellness, you need to do more than just take things out of your diet. You need to add some of the good stuff in too. And what most people aren't getting enough of are fruits and vegetables. How many servings do you consume each day?

Produce Is Where it's At

If you are consuming less than eight servings of fruit and vegetables every day, you may want to head to the grocery store. Studies show that eating the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables every day can reduce the risk of serious medical issues, such as heart attacks, diabetes, cancer, and stroke. And although that seems like a lot of food to eat, it really isn't that hard to do. You just have to know where you can sneak them into your diet. Take a look at the following suggestions on how you can easily incorporate more produce (and nutrition!) into your days.

  • Make a morning smoothie - Smoothies are one of the easiest ways to incorporate more produce into your diet. They are also one of the best ways to consume those fruits and vegetables that you may not like on their own. Simply toss the ingredients in a blender, add some yogurt and a liquid of your choosing, and hit the start button! You can easily knock out a couple of those recommended servings with a morning smoothie every day!
  • Replace your snacks - Don't just eliminate those unhealthy snacks, replace them with something better! Choose celery or carrot sticks as a side for your lunch and treat your sweet tooth with some sliced fruit instead of that ice cream.
  • Enhance what you are already eating - There is always a way to add more fruits and vegetables to what you are already eating. Top your morning oatmeal or yogurt with a handful of berries, mix some chopped carrots into your spaghetti sauce, and start your mealtimes with a small salad. You get the idea.

Meeting Your Goals

Live longer and healthier by committing to eat more fruits and vegetables every day. You may need to think creatively on how you can achieve that goal, but it really is easier than you think! You just need to start!

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

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