Be Healthier With Veggies
The new food guidelines issued by the United States government recommend that
all Americans eat between five and nine servings of fruits and vegetables each
and every day. When you first hear that number, it may seem like a lot, but it
is actually much easier than you think to fit that many servings of fruits and
vegetables into your daily diet. For one thing, the shelves of the grocery
stores are fairly bursting with fresh fruits and vegetables. In addition,
vegetables and fruits are some of the least expensive, most nutrient rich, foods
in the supermarket. With all these fruits and vegetables to choose from, it is
very easy to make these nutritious, delicious foods part of your daily meals and
When you take into account how much a serving really is, it is actually quite
easy to get five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables per day. For
instance, the recommended daily amount actually equates to a quite reasonable
two cups of fruit and two and a half cups of vegetables every day. When you
consider how many fruits and vegetables are available, and how low the prices
usually are, it is easy to see how easy to reach this daily goal really is.
One great way to get the nutrients you need from fruits and vegetables every day
is to take full advantage of the variety of these foods available. Eating the
same thing every day quickly becomes boring, so why not pick a variety of fruits
and vegetables, in every color of the rainbow and in every conceivable shape,
size and texture, to give yourself a varied diet every day.
When shopping for fruits and vegetables, it is important to choose a variety of
different colors. This is for more than purely artistic reasons. Different color
fruits and vegetables have different types of nutrients, and choosing a variety
of colors will help ensure you get all the vitamins and minerals you need each
and every day.
Finding new recipes is another great way to ensure you get those five to nine
servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Everyone likes to try out new
recipes, and these new recipes may just provide the impetus you need to eat all
those fruits and veggies.
New recipes can also provide you the important opportunity to try out some
fruits and vegetables you have never tried before. For instance, everyone has
eaten oranges, but have you tried kiwi fruit or mangoes? How about spinach or
kale? Trying new things is a great way to find new favorites while getting the
best nutrition available.
Many people mistakenly think that they do not need to eat five to nine servings
of fruits and vegetables every day if they just take a vitamin supplement.
Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. That is because fruits and
vegetables contain far more than the micronutrients identified by science and
synthesized in vitamin pills. While these micronutrients, such as vitamin C,
vitamin A and vitamin E are important to good health, so too are the hundreds of
other elements that are contained in healthy foods like fruits and vegetables.
These elements are not available in any pill, they must be ingested through a
healthy, balanced diet that contains plenty of fruits and vegetables.
In addition, fruits and vegetables are much less costly than vitamin pills.
Fruits and vegetables are very inexpensive, especially when purchased in season
and grown locally. In the long run, getting the nutrition you need from the food
you eat is much less expensive, and much better for you, than popping those
vitamin pills every day.
So don’t forget to get your five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables every
day. It may seem like a lot, but you can meet this quite reasonable goal simply
by including fruits and vegetables as snacks, as garnishes, as side dishes and