Eating More Fruits and Veggies

If you've ever thought that getting in the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables is difficult, well, you're not alone: seventy-five percent of Americans also don't eat enough of these nutrient-packed foods! 

Fortunately, it is easier than you'd think.  And a little visual guide of what exactly these portions look like can help. (These servings are based on a 2,000 calorie daily diet.)

Fruit:  1 cup cantaloupe, 1 cup blueberries   Vegetables:  2 cups salad greens, 1 cup cherry tomatoes, 1 stalk celery

Fruit: 1 cup cantaloupe, 1 cup blueberries

Vegetables: 2 cups salad greens, 1 cup cherry tomatoes, 1 stalk celery

Fruit:  1 nectarine, 1/2 cup dried cherries   Vegetables:  1 cup sliced cucumber, 1/2 cup baby carrots, 1 cup sautéed kale

Fruit: 1 nectarine, 1/2 cup dried cherries

Vegetables: 1 cup sliced cucumber, 1/2 cup baby carrots, 1 cup sautéed kale

Fruit:  1/2 cup dried cherries, 1 apple   Vegetables:  Large salad with about 5 cups salad greens

Fruit: 1/2 cup dried cherries, 1 apple

Vegetables: Large salad with about 5 cups salad greens

The goal is to integrate more fruits and vegetables into your diet.  Fruit on your oatmeal in the morning, some cucumbers added on your sandwich at lunch, and try eating two different fruits or vegetables at dinner to round out your plate!  Small changes each day can make a big impact when they become habits!

Calculate the amount of fruits and vegetables you should be eating each day through the Center for Disease Control.

(via The Kitchn)