Many of us may know the benefits of eating fruits and vegetables, but we are still reluctant to incorporate them into our daily diet.
On average we should be eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day. However, only 20% of us eat one daily serving! The number of people who actually do eat five or more servings is even less than that!
Our bodies need the vitamins, minerals and fiber that many of these fruits and vegetables contain. Most fruits and vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories and taste delicious. So why do so many of us shy away from them? Not only are the shelf- lives short, but we are now overwhelmed with so many low fat, low calorie snacks that eating fruit and vegetables just doesn’t seem as necessary. Remember, strawberry ice cream and fruit juices do not count as part of your daily serving! Nothing beats fresh fruits and vegetables when it comes to jump starting a healthy diet.
Here are a five simple ways to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your diet, without having to adjust your lifestyle:
1) Try adding strawberries, bananas or blueberries to your morning cereal. It adds flavor and vitamins!
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2) Pack some cherry tomatoes, carrot sticks or grapes for a healthy snack after lunch.
3) For a side dish at dinner, boil some broccoli and cauliflower until soft then mash up, add some low fat butter spray and serve as a tasty mashed potato alternative!
4) Take advantage of the produce of the season. Fall is a great time to go pumpkin and apple picking. In the summer, go find some berry bushes. It’s a fun activity and afterward you can cook up some great recipes or just keep a bowl of the fresh fruit on the kitchen counter.
5) Keeping healthy food in sight and the junk food locked up can help you and your family make better choices. Try creating a fruit basket for the centerpiece of your dining table. It is a fun activity and it will look so appetizing you won’t be able to resist the delicious, sweet fruit!