6 easy ways to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your daily diet

A study in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health says getting seven or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day can prolong your life. A recent Kare 11 story interviewed dietitian Angela Moeding at University of Minnesota Medical Center to see the volume of fruits and vegetables it takes to live up to the advice.

Healthy diets that are rich in fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases. They also provide essential vitamins and minerals, fiber and other substances that are important for great health.

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Read below for six ways to incorporate fruits and vegetables into your daily diet:

  1. Make half of your plate fruits and vegetables.
  2. Snack on fruits and vegetables throughout the day.
  3. Blend it: A fruit smoothies is a delicious way to start the day or tide you over until dinner.
  4. Add it: to a salad. Fruits and vegetables are a great addition to any salad.
  5. Set a goal: If fruits and vegetables are minor items in your menu, start by eating one extra fruit or vegetable a day. When you’re used to that, add another and keep going.
  6. Try something new. It’s easy to get tired of apples, bananas and grapes. Try a kiwi, mango, fresh pineapple, or another of the more exotic choices available at your grocery store.

What ideas do you have for incorporating fruits and vegetables into your diet?

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