The proof is indisputable—people who consistently eat plenty of veggies and fruits every day enjoy better health than those who don’t! Vegetables and fruits are an important part of a healthy diet, and variety is as important as quantity because no single fruit or vegetable provides all of the nutrients we need to be healthy.
None of this is new. More than five years ago, health experts and nutritionists began focusing less on grains (the foundation of the now-defunct food pyramid) and emphasizing plant-based diets, which have proven through centuries to provide essential nutrients that our bodies need to stay fit and healthy.
Recent research focused specifically on the value of eating vegetables and fruit has proven that diets rich in Mother Nature’s own natural treats may lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke, lower risk of eye and digestive problems, and have a positive effect on blood sugar, which can help keep our appetites in check.
And we don’t need a Ph.D. in health or science to know what exactly to eat. When we eat a variety of types and colors of produce, we naturally give our bodies the balance of nutrients they need. Look for dark leafy greens to put in salads or add to smoothies; enjoy brightly colored red, yellow and orange vegetables and fruits raw, cooked, or frozen; add tomatoes when you can as well.
Check out these quick tips for easily adding fruits and veggies to your daily diet
· Keep fruits and veggies in sight. Fill a dish with beautiful rip fruit on the countertop, and add a veggie bin at the front of your refrigerator so veggies are the first thing you see when you open the fridge door.
· Explore the produce aisle and choose something new. Variety is the key to a healthy diet.
· Make it a meal. Too often we feel like a meal has to include a meat or protein. While it’s important to add protein to your diet, try making a few meals that focus on vegetables—a fresh salad or tasty stir fry.
· Choose convenience. In today’s hectic lives and crammed calendars, it’s easy to eat whatever is fast, quick, and convenient. Look for ways to add veggies and fruit to your diet in a convenient, delicious way.
Mother Nature knows the best way for us to enjoy great health—and she’s given us the answers we are seeking in natural, whole foods that contain exactly what our bodies desperately need. When you follow her advice and choose tasty, nutritious fruits and veggies, you’ll love the way you look and feel!