Fruits and veggies are so important to our thriving health! I sometimes talk about what we could take out, but adding the 10 servings of suggested fruits and veggies a day is huge!!!!
- Eating more fruits and vegetables reduces inflammation thus reducing your risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and some forms of cancer.
- The fiber in fruits and vegetables may help to lower blood cholesterol levels.
- Eating more fruits and vegetables may help reduce your chance of Type 2 diabetes.
- Foods that are rich in potassium like oranges and bananas may help you maintain a healthy blood pressure.
- Almost all fruits and many vegetables are low in fat, calories and sodium.
- Fruits and vegetables are naturally cholesterol free.
- Eating whole fruits and vegetables adds fiber to your diet. Fiber fills you up, causing you to naturally make better food choices.
- Woman of childbearing age or in their first trimester of pregnancy need folate (folic acid), a nutrient that is found in fruits and vegetables. Folate reduces the risk of birth defects during your baby’s development.
Ten ways to eat more fruits and vegetables
- Have a salad every day for lunch & pack it in a jar for easy transport
- Place veggie sticks on your kitchen table: carrots, celery, cucumbers, red peppers
- Start the day with a green smoothie
- Add veggies to non-veggie dishes – spinach in meatballs, radishes in tunafish, carrots and cauliflower in lentils
- Bridge the gap with Juice Plus (Contact the person you know who sells juice plus, or email Mia and talk with her, email@example.com)
- Have fresh fruit for your afternoon snack
- Start with plants when planning your meals — then fill in the rest
- Top your toast with Avocado, tomatoes, or banana and almond butter
- Make ice cream out of frozen berries
- Keep your fruit bowl filled and on an organized counter