Recent CDC surveys show that only 33 percent of U.S. adults eat adequate amounts of fruit everyday and just 27 percent get the recommended amount of vegetables.
While this figure totally baffles me, I do have to remember that I’m in school to become a dietician and am therefore slightly more inclined to be mindful to eat my 5 servings of fruits and vegetables every day.
Seriously, though, it doesn’t have to be hard to get what you need. Here are a few super-easy ways to incorporate these important foods into your day:
*Slice a banana onto some cereal or oatmeal
*Eat an apple for a snack
*Toss a generous handful of fresh berries onto yogurt
*Instead of soda, drink 4 ounces of 100% juice topped off with seltzer
*Try using banana or apple slices instead of jelly with peanut butter on a sandwich
*Carry some baby carrots with you to work or school to munch on
*Throw steamed broccoli into pasta dishes
*Go for marinara sauce over cream
*Pop a sweet potato in the microwave for five minutes and enjoy alongside a veggie burger or some salmon and spinach
*Pile dark leafy greens and tomatoes onto your sandwich
…and the list could go on and on.
Often, a piece of fresh fruit is cheaper than a bag of chips. Not only will it give you more nutritional bang for your buck, it will help you stay fuller, longer and feel better.