Eating Lots of Fruits And Vegetables Can Be Easy!

2005 USDA Recommendations for Healthy Americans

It’s not “5-A-Day” anymore! The recommended amount of fruit and vegetable servings we should eat each day can be up to 10 servings depending on your age, gender, caloric intake and activity level. Although ten servings may seem like a large amount of fruits and vegetables to eat in one day, it can easily be accomplished.

Beans and lentils are considered vegetable and protein servings so adding these into your vegetable count will boost the amount you are consuming each day. Potatoes also count as vegetables. Roasted or baked sweet potatoes and purple potatoes make particularly healthy contributions to your vegetable count. Drinking smoothies with added spinach contribute to vegetable servings as well as two to four fruit servings without much effort and with gustatory pleasure.

Each serving is usually about 1/2 cup of vegetables, 1 cup of leafy greens, or one piece of fruit about the size of a tennis ball. Often we eat more than one serving of a fruits or vegetables at a time without realizing. Attempting to eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables each day can motivate us to eat more fruits and vegetables for snacks, and a greater percentage of vegetables for meals as

well as more fruit for desserts. Take August’s (2010) Healthy Challenge while fruits and vegetables are especially abundant during the summer.

Best Way to Ripen, Cut, & Preserve an Avocado

Either in guacamole, as a replacement for mayo on a sandwich, or just plain with a little bit of salt, avocados are delicious and nutritious! Full of fiber, potassium, folate, vitamins K, C, B6, E, and monounsaturated fat, avocados are great for blood pressure and blood sugar control, as well as for keeping belly fat down. Do you need any more reasons to indulge?

What You Don't Know About Omega-3 Fats

If you really understood how critical omega-3 fatty acids are to keeping your brain sharp, your heart healthy, and your mental health intact, you would make sure you and your family were eating more of them! Omega-3 fats have an important role in reducing inflammation, blood clots, and blood pressure, and are critical for learning, vision, and brain function; especially for the brain development of babies and children. Even childhood food allergies and postpartum depression are linked to a low intake of omega-3 fatty acids! We usually talk about omega-3s in conjunction with seafood, but I have a couple of non-fish suggestions that will help you get more of this incredible fatty acid in your diet. Furthermore, so you don’t get confused by tricky labels, I will clue you in on the omega-3 label language and the different kinds of omega-3s.

Plum Surprise!

Jack Horner was on to something; plums are delicious any way you eat them, and are especially good for your bones, blood sugars, waist size, cronic disease risk, and even your memory.