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3 Ways to Eat More Produce

by Wendy on October 15, 2013

Boost your nutrition with these easy tips to eat more fruits and veggies.

Surely you’ve heard you’re supposed to eat about 2.5 cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruit every day, but that seems like a tall order with your busy schedule! There’s good news. When you master these 3 simple habits, you’ll be on your way to meeting your daily produce goals! 

1. Include a fruit and/or vegetable at EVERY meal.Image about Oranges and Lemons | Bazilian

Get creative! There’s no meal that can’t fit a fruit or veggie. Take your pick from fresh, frozen, dried or even from a bottle or can. Top your morning cereal with a sliced banana or throw a handful of berries into your oatmeal. Have a generous helping of salsa or veggies with those eggs. Choose a salad instead of fries with your meal and pile sandwiches sky high with veggies.

2. Have a fruit or vegetable as at least ONE of your snacks every day.

How about a handful of grapes or trail-mix with raisins or dried cherries? A sliced apple with peanut butter or carrots with hummus make satisfying midday snacks.   If you prefer to sip your veggies, have a cup of low-sodium vegetable juice. A mug of vegetable soup is a tasty, non-traditional way to sneak extra servings of veggies into your day.

3. Commit to a fruit or veggie choice for your nighttime nosh. Period.

Trying too hard to restrict evening trips to the kitchen to satisfy your after-dinner munchies only sets you up for failure. Eliminate the emotional distress tied to your dietary habits by making a deal with yourself. Allow yourself to have a nighttime nibble as long as it’s a fruit or veggie. This simple guideline on what to choose instead of whether you can munch after dinner feels so liberating and adds to your daily fruit and veggie tally. For more cool tips and information on how to amp up the volume of fruits and veggies in your diet, visit the Produce for Better Health Foundation.

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