Not many people eat the recommended servings of vegetables and fruits in their day to day lives. This means missing out on a lot of nutrients such produce contain. But just how many servings of greens should you eat?
Well, if your daily caloric intake is 2000 calories, you need to eat at least two and a half cups of veggies.
One thing that can make it easier for you to get your daily dose of vegetables and fruits is filling half your plate with those two types of food whenever you sit down to eat a meal. Go for a variety of brightly colored produce as such produce is rich in nutrients.
If you eat red, orange and dark green vegetables, you’ll be on the right track to get a lot of nutrients. You’ll also get a fair share of fiber and this will be good for your health. Fiber is important because:
- It provides food for “good” gut bacteria.
- It reduces your appetite and thus, is useful when you want to lose weight.
- It may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer.
- It helps reduce blood sugar spikes.
- It reduces constipation.
Thus, if you are into drinking smoothies, you have to make sure you blend the vegetables and fruits with their fiber. Do not discard the pulp as would happen if you were to juice the produce.
All in all, whichever method you want to use, remember to always strive to get your daily servings of greens.
Are you willing to meet the challenge?