Do you get enough fruits and veggies in your diet? The USDA Food Guide Pyramid recommends 3-5 servings of vegetables and 2-4 servings of fruits per day. Here’s some examples of a serving:
|1 medium apple, banana, orange
|1/2 cup of chopped, cooked, or canned fruit
|3/4 cup of fruit juice
|1 cup of raw leafy vegetables
|1/2 cup of other vegetables, cooked or chopped raw
|3/4 cup of vegetable juice
These numbers actually represent the minimum suggested servings daily. For optimal health you should probably consume more than this, but many Americans do not even consume the minimum recommendation. In theory the guidelines seem doable however if we consider that most people will put proteins (meats) and grains (pastas) on the plate first it’s easy to see how the fruits and vegetables get left behind.
If you’re confused about shopping in the produce aisle or generally bored of sweet corn as your vegetable side dish every night, then check out this educational site Fruits and Veggies More Matters. You’ll find articles and guides for shopping, cooking, and getting kids involved in healthy eating
One really easy way to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables is to juice them. With a juicing machine you can get the 3-5 servings (or more) into one glass of juice! Plus if there are some vegetables you don’t like as well, you can blend them with some fruits or veggies that you do like to improve the taste.
Try and see if you can eat more fruits and veggies with some of the methods above. Your body will thank you.