Do You Eat Enough Fruits and Vegetables Every Day?
How many of you have heard that you need 5 servings of fruits and veggies every day? How many of you actually get your daily servings? And even worse…what’s with all the marketing ploys trying to convince us that ketchup is actually a veggie? Few people doubt that fruits and vegetables are a good source of vitamins and nutrients, but does that mean that we are eating enough of them?
Consensus differs among academics regarding specific quantities, but the most up to date recommendations on this subject would advocate that an adult eat five servings of vegetables and two servings of fruit every day. That might sound like a lot, but when you break it down it really shouldn’t be considered all that much. In fact, it should be a minimum standard.
Here are a few ideas to incorporate more fruits and veggies into your daily routine.
When considering breakfast, many people will stick to that which they know. This often involves toast, cereal or even nothing more than a cup of coffee. Whether breakfast is or is not the most important meal of the day may be debatable, but there is no doubt that a good breakfast sets your body up for the day ahead. Very few people consider fruit for their breakfast, when it should be a staple. Switching a bowl of cereal full of added sugars for a banana could make a huge difference in your overall diet.
You can easily add veggies into your breakfast by chopping a variety and adding into your scrambled eggs. When you finely chop the veggies, the flavors blend nicely and you don’t feel like you are noshing on a huge bunch of broccoli for breakfast. Try adding peppers, onion, broccoli, and mushrooms for a tasty scramble.
Lunch is a great time to load up on vegetables. Swap the sandwich for a homemade salad to address an imbalance you may have in your diet. It is easy to get most of your daily veggies into one salad. Use a variety of ingredients to make your salad interesting. Nuts, seeds, hummus, avocado, and cranberries will round out a tasty salad.
Vegetables also make for ideal snacks. Ditch the packet of popcorn, the candy bar, or the fizzy drink you have to keep you going between lunch and dinner and swap it for a piece of fruit, or even a fruit and veg smoothie.
These are all small changes you can make to your diet, but these small changes can do wonders for your health, and your waistline. Fruit and vegetables should be at the core of our daily dietary intake, and yet they are all too often forgotten when a tasty carb option is available. Ask yourself this; are you eating 5 servings of veg and 2 of fruit every day? If not, you’re probably not eating enough fruit and veggies.