Add An Extra Serving Of Fruits And Vegetables
You know the basics of nutrition, like how it’s healthier to eat more whole foods and fewer processed foods. So, why is it such a hard thing to actually do?
The American Heart Association recommends 4 to 5 servings of both fruits and vegetables per day. Take stock of your fruit and veggie intake lately. Do you meet this recommendation? Do you come close?
Let’s say that on average, you eat 1 serving of fruits and 1 serving of vegetables every day. Your goal for this challenge is to add 1 more serving of each, bringing your total to 4.
How much is a serving? It’s about half a cup of vegetables, 1 cup of blueberries, or 1 medium apple, banana, orange, or pear.
Of course, it’s ideal to aim for the AHA daily recommendation, but you’re pulled in a lot of different directions and overwhelmed by commitments. Let’s keep it simple and attainable by doing your best — not more than you can handle.
Focus on increasing your servings of fruits and vegetables by 1. See if you can keep that trend going until you reach the AHA’s daily recommended servings.
Here are a few recipes chock full of vegetables or fruits to help you get your extra serving today:
- Slow Cooker Vegetable Turkey Soup
- Grilled Avocado with Strawberry and Honey
- Strawberry Orange Smoothie
- Broccoli Salad with Water Chestnuts and Dried Cranberries
Need some inspiration? Try these 15 simple tweaks to up your fruit and veggie intake.
Tell us what you add to your meal. Better yet show us! Post a photo in our challenge update thread here, in our private Facebook group, or on Twitter, or Instagram. Tag us with #healthynurse!
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