Thursday, March 31, 2011

Fruits and Veggies. More matters!

The other day in one of my classes, our TA asked how many of us eat at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies a day. I immediately shot up my hand and was expecting most everyone else to as well, but was so surprised that were are only about 10 other people out of about 80 who raised their hand! If people in a health major aren't eating at least 5 servings, it is kind of scary to think what the average American is missing out on.

Fruits and veggies are SO SO good for you! They provide so many phytochemicals and antioxidants that fight off free radicals in your body. The also contain fiber and essential vitamins and minerals that help protect you from chronic dieases. Also, they are naturally low in calories.

There are so many varieties in fruits and veggies. Also, with spring here and summer just around the corner, there will be many more fruits and veggies that are cheaper at the grocery store! They are the perfect snack and can also add so much volume to a meal. In reality, our plates should look like this at a meal:

Do your portions look like this?

The next time you reach for a snack or are still hungry at a meal, try eating fruits and veggies instead of something else! And remember, when it comes to fruits and veggies...MORE MATTERS!

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