Have you had trouble getting five servings of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis? If so, you may find that if you take a moment to plan accordingly and ensure five servings of fruits and vegetables find their way into your body every day, a healthier life will emerge.
Since you are interested in this topic, that must mean you want to improve your nutrition for health reasons or possibly to help lose weight. Regardless of your reasons, if you are truly ready to focus more on developing healthy eating habits then by planning out the food you will eat each day can truly work wonders.
Getting 5 Fruits and Vegetables A Day Will Help You Become Healthy and Lose Weight
Since everyone has a daily schedule that is unique and different there isn’t a generic answer that will hold true for everyone. However, if you take the following ideas and adjust to fit your own personal situation, then it is readily attainable for you to include five fruits and vegetables in your daily menu.
Start With Breakfast
Here is the perfect opportunity to have at least one serving of fruit with your morning meal. A banana with cereal, raisins with oatmeal, yogurt and strawberries, or even a fruit smoothie which can pack upwards of two or three fruits in a great tasting beverage. Don’t miss out on this chance to start the day on a healthy note. When you do, you will be more inclined to continue with the healthy trend for the remainder of the day.
Snacks During the Day
Your snacks between breakfast and lunch, and also between lunch and dinner offer you two other opportunities for you to take in a fruit or vegetable. If you are away at work for the better part of the day, be sure to pack fruits/vegetables in your travel lunch container so when break time comes, you can simply whip out your apple, peach, banana, box of raisins, bag of grapes, celery and carrots, or whatever else you fancy. Not only will you be taking in one or two servings of fruits and vegetables during your breaks, but these snacks are only around 100 calories each! Follow that up with plain, purified drinking water and you have just consumed the perfect snack. A hundred times healthier than a bag of Doritos and a soda.
If you haven’t developed the habit of packing a lunch to take with you to work, you are missing out on the perfect opportunity to control every bit of food that makes it into your mouth while you are away at work. Travel containers with dinner leftover make perfect, easy meals you can take with you for the next day. If you do not have any dinner leftovers, then frozen healthy meals made by Lean Cuisine or Weight Watchers provide low calorie tasty options and usually come with a serving of vegetables. Or you can always make a simple ham or turkey sandwich (using pita or whole wheat bread) including lettuce and tomato and instead of a bag of potato chips, a bag of cut carrots or celery and you will be all set.
So far if you’ve stuck with the game plan up to this point, you have eaten 3-4 servings of fruits or vegetables by the time your get home. At dinner it is generally your last chance to take in the remaining fruits and vegetables to reach your goal. This is the most opportune time to include a hearty serving of vegetables since you will be at home and often have more time to cook and prepare this meal. When planned out accordingly, you could essentially get two servings of vegetables at each dinner if desired.
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