Five Ways to Get Your 5 a Day

It’s been said that you should get 5 servings of fruits and vegetables per day. That’s about 2 ½ cups.

However, experts suggest that you should get more than just a couple of cups or fruits and veggies. Fortunately, there is an wide variety of fruits and vegetables available for you to enjoy and meet you daily requirements.

Some people, the super busy folks, have a hard time sneaking fruits and veggies into their meals. Below are some suggestions to meet you 5-a-day requirements.

Start with breakfast

Plan to eat a couple of servings of fruit for breakfast everyday. Try eating different fruits each day. For instance, eat a handful of berries today, an apple tomorrow, bananas the day after, and so on, with your oatmeal or cereals. Juices count provided that they are 100% juice and you drink 1 small glass of it. Continue this practice for lunch and dinner.

Get extra energy from fruit or veggie snacks

Carbs in fruits are healthy energy supplies. Add a serving of protein to your fruit or veggie snack and you’ll get staying power as well. Healthy protein sources include: a piece of cheese, a cup of yogurt or a table spoon or peanut butter.

Make it double

Serving suggestions for fruits and vegetables are usually small. But unlike other foods, it’s okay to double your fruit and veggie serving size. Load up on 1-cup portion of tomatoes instead of the ½ standard.

Add-ons

Add vegetables to your favorite recipes. For instance, you can chop up asparagus, tomatoes and pepper to make topping for you French bread pizza. Or prepare your favorite pasta with more veggies.

Adding vegetables to recipes is also a good way to get your fill of greens without having to taste them – if you don’t like vegetables, that is.

Try a new fruit or vegetables – or a new recipe every week

Our system likes variety. To avoid tedium, try different fruits, veggies or even whole recipes each week. You can start with trying out fruits and vegetables that are in season in your area. Or check your local grocery to see which fruits and veggies you haven’t tried before. Do some research on new and healthy recipes and get cooking.