3 Ways to Eat More Fruits & Vegetables

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fruits and vegetablesMany clients of our nutrition center admit that it’s difficult to eat the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables per day. Yet when trying to diet or aiming for weight loss management, it’s imperative that you increase your consumption of both. Fruits and vegetables are the foundation of a diet that’s healthy for life—they are low in calories and fat, yet yield a host of benefits that will help you achieve your weight loss goals and boost your health. Most produce is packed with fiber, which aids digestion and curbs your appetite, as well as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and water.

If you’re having difficulty getting enough fruits and veggies in your diet, try incorporating these strategies into your meal plans.

Boost your breakfast. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day—why not pack yours with fruits and veggies whenever possible? This is ideal for those on diets or striving for weight loss management, as starting the day with a riber-rich meal revs metabolism while keeping hunger at bay. Stir berries, sliced apples or bananas into cereal or steel-cut oatmeal. Load omelets with veggies such as tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, spinach, zucchini, bell peppers and any others that you like.

Go meatless one day a week. Have you heard of the “Meatless Monday” campaign? It’s gaining popularity all over the country and is a great way to boost your intake of fruits and veggies. The concept is basic—simply cut out any meat one day a week. The good news is, you can choose any day that’s convenient for you! You’ll have fun finding ways to replace the meat in your daily life with other satisfying, nutrient-rich meals.

Drink your veggies.  By now you’ve probably learned that juicing is healthy for life. If not, start experimenting with fruit and veggie blends. Combine juicy fruits with bananas and apples, or opt for blends like watermelon and mint, pineapple and ginger, lemon and strawberry, or any other ideas you have. Another good choice is to combine low-fat milk or Greek yogurt with frozen berries and a banana for a delicious smoothie.

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