How much fruit and vegetables do you eat daily? Chances are, not enough. Most adults in the U.S. are falling short of the recommended daily servings of fruit (2-3 servings per day) and vegetables (3-4 servings per day). According to the 2010 Healthy People report, “In 2009, an estimated 32.5% of adults consumed fruit two or more times per day and 26.3% consumed vegetables three or more times per day, far short of the national targets.”
We can do better. Challenge yourself to eat one more whole fruit and one cup of vegetables every day. What is one cup of vegetables? A cup of vegetables is equivalent to the amount that would fit inside your two hands cupped together.
Now that the weather is cooling off some great vegetables and fruit are in season. Fall brings apples in addition to pumpkins, squash, beets, carrots, sweet potatoes and yams. Winter squash tastes great roasted with olive oil, pepper and salt. We love apples because of the high fiber content which helps you feel fuller, longer. Visit your local farmer’s market or, better yet, go apple picking with the family or a friend.
We are always looking for creative ways to improve our health by eating more fruit and vegetables on a daily basis. What are some of the great ways you add more fruit and vegetables into your diet?
I found breakfast to be an easy meal to add more fruit or vegetables. If I’m having cereal I’ll chop up a banana, strawberries or throw in a handful of blueberries. If I’m having eggs, I’ll add some shallots, bell peppers, and sautéed mushrooms.