A recent report put out by the Center for Disease Control confirms some not so surprising news. Americans are not consuming enough fruits and vegetables. In fact, only 13.1% of American adults eat enough fruits, and only 8.9% consume enough vegetables to meet daily requirements for optimal health.
But why does that even matter? For one thing, eating more fruits and vegetables increases your overall intake of essential nutrients— nutrients linked to reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease and even some forms of cancer! Do I have your attention yet?
Did you know that the consumption of fruits and vegetables can:
- Help lower blood cholesterol
- Reduce your chance of Type 2 Diabetes
- Increase weight loss efforts
- Maintain a healthy blood pressure
- Prevent or delay disease
- Reduce risk of kidney stones
- Reduce the risk of birth defects during a baby’s development
- Leave you feeling fuller, longer
- Provide lasting energy
- Serve as quick, healthy, on the go snacks
With so many important and truly life-giving benefits, we all need to work towards incorporating more fruits and vegetables into our daily routine. One of my favorite ways to kill two birds with one stone (and trick my kids into consuming both food groups) is to make a smoothie for breakfast or an afternoon snack.
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I’ve also learned several “on the go” snacks that I’ve incorporated into my diet. Carrots and hummus, celery and peanut butter, apples, oranges, snap peas, and edamame are some of my personal favorites!
With so many benefits from fruits and vegetables, we can’t afford to NOT eat them! What are some of your favorite recipes and snack ideas for these amazing foods?