Mother Nature has an easy way to help us stay healthy: eat plenty of fruits and veggies in a balanced diet. Yet most of us don’t. The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimate that more than 2/3 of adults eat fruit less than twice a day, and almost 3/4 eat vegetables less than 3 times a day.
Try these ideas to get more of the produce your body craves:
- Get more fruit — Top your morning cereal or yogurt with fresh fruits like blueberries or strawberries. Whole fruits deliver all the nutrients and fiber your body needs (which might be missing from a juice version).
- Get more veggies — Crunchy fresh veggies like carrots, sweet peppers and celery make great lunchtime sides or afternoon snacks. Kids love veggies cut into shapes or sticks with a flavorful yogurt or hummus dip.
- Get more convenience — Pre-cut fruits and veggies make quick, healthy snacks. Frozen fruits and veggies are perfect for blending into a smoothie or tossing into a stir-fry whenever you like.
- Get more organic — Whenever you can, choose organic produce to get all the delicious goodness Mother Nature intended, without the synthetic chemicals and GMOs she didn’t.
Find one spot in your day to eat a fruit or veggie where you usually don’t. You might start a fresh new habit — and a deliciously healthy one, at that!