Making sure that we eat enough fruits and vegetables on a daily basis is a hard task to accomplish. Did you know that the recommended amount for fruits and vegetables on a daily basis is 7-13 servings? The average person tends to eat about 2-3 servings per day.
Fresh fruits and vegetables give your body whole nutrition. Every time you take a bite of an apple or carrot you are nourishing your body with a variety of nutrients (vitamins and minerals) and providing your cells with the materials they need to function at optimal performance. This, in turn, allows your body to move without pain, fight disease and illness, and maintain a happy mindset.
There are many ways to add more fruits and vegetables into your daily routine. You can make a smoothie in the morning and add in some spinach or kale (you won’t even notice it’s there). Try packing some berries or carrots as a snack. You can even choose multiple veggies for dinner over having a starch or grain. Some of these include potatoes, rice, cereal, bread, and pasta. Fruits and veggies are one of the easiest on-the-go foods to keep you on track.
By filling your body with fresh, whole fruits and vegetables, you are giving yourself the best chance at living a long and fulfilling life. Fruits and veggies should be your first option to heal your body when you are sick and for body recovery after a workout. That’s the power of fruits and vegetables!
By: Marissa Knoblich