As a Nutritionist, I recommend everyone to eat between seven to nine servings of fruits and vegetables every day. When you first hear that number, it may seem like a lot, but it is much easier than you think to fit that many servings of fruits and vegetables into your daily diet.
For one thing, the shelves of the grocery stores are fairly bursting with fresh fruits and vegetables. Besides, vegetables and fruits are some of the least expensive, most nutrient-rich, foods in the supermarket. With all these fruits and vegetables to choose from, it is effortless to make these nutritious, delicious foods part of your daily meals and snacks.
A simple breakfast smoothie has almost what you need the serving of the fruits for the day.
A simple rainbow colour vegetable salad can provide half of the serving you need for the day, and the rest can be a few minutes stir-fried veggies or steamed vegetable.
When you take into account how much a serving is, it is relatively easy to get five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables per day. For instance, the recommended daily amount equates to a quite reasonable two cups of fruit and two and a half cups of vegetables every day. When you consider how many fruits and vegetables are available, and how low the prices usually are, it is easy to see how easy to reach this daily goal.
One great way to get the nutrients you need from fruits and vegetables every day is to take full advantage of the variety of these foods available. Eating the same thing every day becomes boring, so why not pick a variety of fruits and vegetables, in every colour of the rainbow and in every conceivable shape, size and texture, to give yourself a varied diet every day.
When shopping for fruits and vegetables, it is vital to choose a variety of different colours. It is for more than purely artistic reasons. Other colour fruits and vegetables have different types of nutrients, flavonoids, polyphenols and antioxidants. These varieties of nutrient-dense food contribute to additional health benefit to our body. And choosing a variety of colours will help ensure you get all the vitamins and minerals you need every day.
Finding new recipes is another great way to ensure you get those five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables every day. Everyone likes to try out new recipes, and these new recipes may provide the impetus you need to eat all those fruits and veggies.
New recipes can also provide you with the vital opportunity to try out some fruits and vegetables you have never tried before. For instance, everyone has eaten oranges, but have you tried cranberry fruit or jackfruit? How about sprouted grains or kale? Trying new things is a great way to find new favourites while getting the best nutrition available.
Many people mistakenly think that they do not need to eat five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables every day if they take a vitamin supplement. Nothing could be further from the truth. That is because fruits and vegetables contain far more than the micronutrients identified by science and synthesized in vitamin pills. While these micronutrients, such as vitamin C, vitamin A and vitamin E are essential to good health, and the hundreds of other elements which are inside the fruits and vegetables. These elements are not available in any pill; We need to eat Whole Food through a healthy, balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Besides, fruits and vegetables are much less costly than vitamin pills. Fruits and vegetables are inexpensive, especially when purchased in season and grown locally. In the long run, getting the nutrition, you need from the food you eat is much less expensive, and much better for you, than popping those vitamin pills every day.
So don’t forget to get your five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables every day. It may seem like a lot, but you can meet this quite reasonable goal only by including fruits and vegetables as snacks, as garnishes, as side dishes and as meals.