Food For Thought: An Apple a Day
Never underestimate the power of produce. Fresh (or frozen) fruits and vegetables are chock full of powerful antioxidants, fiber, vitamins, minerals and water – things that we need to stay healthy.
Aim for 5-9 servings of produce every day. You can easily achieve this by making just a few small changes in your diet. For instance:
- Start the day right. Enjoy a piece of fruit or small dish of berries with breakfast or as a mid-morning snack.
- Add a vegetable to your lunchtime. This could be sliced tomato and cucumber drizzled with vinegar, lettuce and red onion on a sandwich, a handful of baby carrots or even a serving of stewed tomatoes.
- Work in more veggies with each dinner. Making a big salad to enjoy throughout the week makes this easy. Add one more steamed or sautéed veggie such as broccoli, green beans, cabbage or carrots and you’re doing great!
- Snack on fruit. A small apple, a peach, a handful of strawberries. These are all great, satisfying snacks anytime during the day.
- Buy, clean and cut. After purchasing your produce, prepare it for easy eating or cooking. A cantaloupe can sit on the counter for days; same goes for that pineapple. Cut up that fruit, celery, carrots and broccoli into bite-sized pieces and keep them in a clear bowl in the refrigerator. This way you won’t forget what you’ve got.