Eating Lots of Fruits And Vegetables Can Be Easy!

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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.

The Real Fruit Truth

I’m challenging you this month to replace processed sugar and sweet treats with fruit! Many people equate fruit with white sugar, claiming it to be just as bad. THIS ISN'T TRUE! I'm regularly told, "I'm skipping fruit and sugar as part of my diet plan," as if it's the same thing. If you are someone who thinks this, please keep reading!

Healthy Challenge: July 2018

Pass the Honey, Honey

This month's healthy challenge is SWEET! I'm challenging you to replace processed sugars with whole foods. Whole foods like fruit and raw honey are great alternatives to processed sugars! Honey is truly a gift from nature, and we have our friends the bees to thank. A honey bee will only make about 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey IN ITS LIFETIME. Talk about a precious gift. But there is a big difference between commercial honey and raw honey! I'm inviting you to join me in adopting the 12-Fix Lean Life Plan in my book, Lean Body Smart Life! Start with Fix #1 and replace sugar, sweet treats, refined flour, and processed foods with whole foods like fruit and raw honey this month! Then add a new Fix each month. I'll be helping you every week on my Foods With Judes Facebook Live and various posts to adopt the 12-Fix Plan to your life. Let's do this together!

Make Your Salads Healthier!

My challenge this month is to eat leafy greens every day. Even though this month is almost over, don't stop eating those greens! Make it a habit for life to help decrease cognitive decline as you age, boost your health, and keep body fat off. To help with this challenge, this week's Tuesday Tip addressed some tricks for making salads more nutritious. Here are the tips in a nutshell: