Wednesday, January 15, 2014

INCREASE YOUR SERVINGS OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES

Less than half of all Americans eat five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day.  That is not a good thing. One of the best things you can do for your health is to increase the number of servings of fruits and vegetables you eat daily.  Plants are the foundation of a healthy diet as they provide all kinds of nutrients and fibers that play a role in preventing disease.  Not only that but eating more plant foods will usually cause you to eat less higher-calorie foods.

We are not talking French fries and candied fruit here so keep that in mind.  You should be eating fresh fruits and vegetables that you cook yourself. Steaming is a wonderful way to cook veggies! If you feel you don't have time to clean, sometimes peel, etc your fresh fruits and veggies, turn to frozen foods.  There is a world of freshly frozen fruits and veggies in your grocer's freezer cases. You should, however, avoid veggies in buttery, cheesy sauces and fruits that are loaded down in sugary syrups.


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