Yesterday, we started with Tip #1: Cook from Scratch, which means to use REAL food and FRESH ingredients to cook your meals. Fruit and vegetables are the perfect addition to any meal. Whether you are using them to cook with or as a side dish, fruit and veggies need to be on your grocery list and menu weekly.
Today’s tip is what every parent has said to their children at least once, “Eat your Fruit and Veggies”. How is eating fruit and veggies living a proactive lifestyle? Well, let’s go over the Top 10 Reasons we should eat our Fruit and Veggies.
Top 10 Reasons to Eat Your Fruit and Veggies
- Fruit and Veggies are Nutritious and Delicious
- Quick Natural Source of Energy
- Vitamins and Minerals
- Low in Calories
- May Reduce Risk of Disease
- May Provide Fiber for a Healthy Digestive Tract
- May Help You to Be Happy
- May Help You Manage a Healthy Weight
- Variety of Colors, Flavors and Choices
- Budget Friendly
How MUCH Fruit and Veggies
It’s hard to argue with any one of those 10 reasons why we should eat our fruit and veggies. But the next question is usually how much should we be eating? Most research shows 5 servings of fruit and veggies to be the minimum daily amount. Many recommend 5 servings of each, which would be a total of 10 servings per day. The current government recommendations with Choose My Plate is half of your plate should be fruit and vegetables.
I once took a quiz and for my height and body weight and it recommended 14 servings of fruit and veggies daily for me. I have to say that I may have eaten 5 servings on a good day before I took the quiz. I then challenged myself to eat 10-14 servings daily. I found some great ways to get them into my day.
10 Easy Ways to Add Fruit and Veggies Every Day.
- Add Fruit and Veggies to Breakfast
- Add Veggies to Soups and Casserole
- Add Fruit and Veggies to Stir-Fry
- Eat Raw Fruit and Veggies as Side Dish
- Eat Fruit for Dessert
- Add Veggies to your Ground Meat
- Add Veggies to your Sauces
- Go to the Farmer’s Market
- Grow Your Own
- Eat More Salad
Putting it all together
Living a proactive lifestyle is about taking responsibility for our own health and wellness. If you are not sure how proactive you are currently living then I invite you to take the Wellness Quiz to find out your Wellness Score.
We all KNOW that we need to eat our fruit and veggies, but how often are we actually eating them and making sure we are making them readily available to our kids? I challenge you to EAT MORE FRUIT AND VEGGIES. In our Growing E-Course, the last 30 days is having each person choose a 30 Day Challenge. If you would like to take part in our Free Growing E-Course click here. If you would like to start your own 30 Day Challenge now click here.
I love challenges and excited to participate in the write 31 days challenge. I thought you might like what this blogger is doing this month. If you like smoothies it may help you increase your fruit and veggie servings daily. Click on the box below to learn more.
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Shawna Cale, Got-Oils? Administrator