National (Eat More) Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month

National (Eat More) Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month canstockphoto5588746

With more than 90 percent of adults and children not eating the recommended amount of fruit and vegetables, eating more matters. Everyone can benefit by adding just one more serving of fruits and veggies and we’re here to help! Following are few tips and reminders to get you trying something new.

Eating enough fruit and vegetables is essential for proper nutrition. But just how much should you eat? You should consume between five and 13 servings per day according to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. For most fruits and vegetables one serving equals a half cup.

Remember to fill half of your plate at every meal including snacks with fruits and vegetables. All forms including fresh, frozen, canned, dried and 100 percent juice count toward your daily intake. For more information, visit Fruit and Veggies – More Matters.

Five quick tips to getting more fruits and vegetables into your diet.

  1. Breakfast Boost

The benefits of eating a healthy, balanced breakfast are immeasurable! You can jumpstart your metabolism, boost your performance at work or school, maintain a healthy weight and is the perfect time to sneak in and extra serving of fruit or vegetables. For ideas on adding more fruits and veggies to your breakfast click here.

2. Double-Down on Veggies

A little extra chopping can go a long way. Most soup, salad, pasta, sandwich, pizzas and casserole recipes call for a certain amount of vegetables. You can easily double the amount called for in the original recipe to get more servings and increase your vegetable intake.

3. Snack Attack

Healthy snacks curb hunger throughout the day and provide energy along with important nutrients. You can make all of snacks revolve around fruits and vegetables by stocking your countertops, pantries, fridges, desks, cars and bags like purses and back packs with any form to help get you to the daily recommended intake.

4. Dessert – Yes Please!

Desserts tend to get a bad rap for being an occasional sweet treat. However, fruit based desserts not only add an extra serving of fruit to your intake but also offer a light, refreshing and naturally sweet ending to any meal.

5. Supersize Your Salad

The potential for a nutritional gold mine lies within salads. Easily get half of your daily intake with one glorious (and delicious!) salad. Rich with fruits and vegetables an entre-sized salad packed with servings on top of servings is one healthy eating habit you can’t afford not to make!