Know Your Serving Size

Welcome to day 1 of the 5 for 10 Fruit and Veggie challenge.

Our goal over the next 10 days is to help you get at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. We know you can do it, AND our first can tip below can help.

Daunted by the idea of having to devour a whole head of broccoli? Don’t be! When you understand the portion sizes of fruits and vegetables, the goal of getting five a day seems a lot more manageable. For example, you don’t have to eat all that broccoli — just one half-cup counts as a serving. Prefer kale or other leafy greens? Only one cup (about the size of your fist) is a serving. Use this guide from Cooking Light to understand portion sizes for fruits and veggies.

Since portion sizes are pretty small, you can often get multiple servings in one meal. A hearty salad or a smoothie may include three to five different fruits or veggies!

The other key thing to do today — and throughout the next ten days — is to keep track of how many servings you’re eating. At the end of the day, post your number in our discussion or in our private Facebook group. Even better, let us know what you ate and how you used them. We can all share our tips and ideas!

Find this helpful? Text healthynurse to 52886 to subscribe to our 5 for 10 Fruit and Veggie challenge tips. Use the social links on this page to share them with a nurse you know.

See what's coming up on day 2.

Posted by Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation (HNHN) on May 13, 2019 7:41 AM America/Chicago

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I enjoyed a fabulous salad for lunch with an apple - breakfast this morning included clementines and for dinner I had another salad and roasted vegetables with Quinoa - made my quota of 5 servings easily today - Yum!
  • Posted Thu 23 May 2019 01:15 AM CDT
I LOVE fruits and vegetables (except Okra) and can't give a reason why I'm not eating more of them!
  • Posted Mon 20 May 2019 09:55 PM CDT

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