How Do you Eat Enough Fruit and Vegetables

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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week stated that people are not getting enough fruits and vegetables. This food is low in calories, and they are high in vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and fiber, which is even better. Experts suggest that you eat five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables every day.

Eating enough fruits and vegetables is easier than thought

How do you eat enough fruits and vegetables? The answer to that is actually quite easier than you would think.

Start simple. For instance, take apples, pears, bananas, grapes, oranges and cherry tomatoes to work. They don't need any refrigeration. You should also keep your fruits and vegetables in plain view on your countertop or table. When snack time rolls around it will be easy to grab a piece of fruit or a handful of cherry tomatoes.

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Try filling the cookie jar with dried fruits. Dehydrated fruits make a quick sweet snack. Speaking of sweet snacks why not drink 100%fruit or vegetable juice? It is quick and easy. Speaking of quick and easy, you can use applesauce cups as a dip for other cut up fruit. In fact, you can use applesauce to cook with instead of using butter or oil.

Frozen vegetables are abaout as quick and easy as it gets and can provide you the some of the servings you need. They heat up fast on the stove or in the microwave. You can choose single vegetables such as peas, carrots, green beans, and cauliflower, or you can try seasoned blends of vegetables.

Another fast and easy way to get your fruits and vegetables is to pre-cut vegetables and fruits. This is convenient and quick. You can add some of the cut up fruits to your cereal, oatmeal, waffles or pancakes at breakfast. Add cut up veggies to pasta dishes, salads and dips. Beyond cut up vegetables, use your food processor to chop vegetables up finely and add to soup and sauces.

Combine fruit with your main meal courses. Raisins, apples, tangerine, dates and oranges add sweet variety to salads and meat dishes such as pork, chicken, and fish. In fact, you can top your pizza or omelets with your favorite veggies.

So don't be discouraged by the recommended 5 servings a day. Besides being packed full of nutrients, fruits and vegetables can also be quite filling. They may even ward off any empty calorie snacking and help weight loss.

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Comments

I am 80 years old. Am I still required to take calcium each day as required by Dr.?
It is better to get your calcium from Fruits and Vegetables. If you get it from a vitamin it is an isolated nutrient and it is difficult for your body to absorb, if it doesn't have the other minerals and vitamins to help your body recognize that it is something it needs.