Forget 5 servings of fruit and vegetables a day. Aim for
8-10 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Half of your dinner
plate should be filled with vegetables. And fruit is your new snack and dessert.
Eat a rainbow of fruit and vegetables everyday—reds, oranges, yellows, greens, blues
or purples. A bounty.
To get your 8-10 fruit and veggies a day, you might toss an apple and orange in
your bag as you head out the door. That’s a great start—but if you’re like most
people, the fruit might sit in your bag all week. Here’s the fix: Take fruit and
veggie snacks that are 100% ready to eat. Wash the fruit. Peel the oranges and separate
the segments. Peel and cut kiwi. Cut apple or pear. Yank grapes off the stem. Cut
the stems out of strawberries. Cut up carrot, celery, and sweet pepper sticks.
Put the prepared fruit into a baggie or Tupperware—we call this a
snack pack. You’ll be amazed at how much more fruit and veggies you’ll
eat if it’s washed, prepared, and ready to eat. Have different fruits and veggies
everyday so it stays interesting. And include some protein to keep you full—low
fat cheese, a handful of plain nuts or seeds. It’s also good to eat fruit and veggies
for your evening snack.