A diet packed with fruits and vegetables is a key part to living a healthy lifestyle. Fruits and vegetables contain vitamins, antioxidants, and fiber among many other things; all are important components to a balanced diet. Incorporating 6-9 servings of fruits and veggies in your daily diet can reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer, diabetes and much more. Though that serving number may seem high, reaching the daily requirement is easier than you think. Here are a few of our suggestions to incorporating fruits and veggies into your normal meals.
How to add nutrients to your meals:
- Add fresh berries to your oatmeal or yogurt – About ½ to 1 cup of fruit is considered one serving depending on the fruit.
- Blend up a smoothie full of your favorite fruits for breakfast or a snack. – You can even try adding spinach or kale for a delicious green smoothie. When it comes to raw vegetables, 1 cup is a serving.
- Add some chopped vegetables to your egg or egg white omelets. – Spinach, tomatoes, and avocados are all great choices.
- Throw in berries or a sliced apple to your salads. – An apple that is roughly the size of a baseball is one serving.
- Dice up veggies and add them in your sauces. – Mushrooms, onions, peppers, and shredded carrots all make great add-ins.
- Swap potatoes and rice during dinner for some broccoli or asparagus.
Give some of these a try and you will be on your way to living a healthier lifestyle. With tons of fruits and vegetables in season, it is the perfect time to start incorporating them into your diet. Remember that your body needs fruits and vegetables year round, so don’t let the end of summer put an end to your healthy lifestyle.
Are you looking for more guidance about nutrition or do you have a condition, like diabetes, that requires a very structured diet? Give Crittenton’s Dietitians a call. This service is often covered by insurance. See how they can help you today.
Call the Dietitians at Crittenton Diabetes Education and Nutrition Counseling Center 248-652-5660 or request a consultation online.