More is Better!

Monday May 19, 2014

Most people believe that they are eating enough fruits and vegetables throughout the day.  Problem is, they are not.  Recent studies have shown that eating at least 7 servings of fruits and vegetables daily can reduce risk of death by ~40%.  The old campaign of “eat 5 a day” no longer holds true.  We need to eat MORE! It seems that most people do not understand what a “serving” is.  Hopefully, these tips will help out.

  1. Fill half of your plate with fruits and vegetables.  It is easy to load up on low calorie, high fiber veggies at dinner if you serve yourself the vegetables first and fill up ½ of the plate.  This way, you don’t have room on the other half of the plate for large portions of meat and grains.
  2. Include a fruit and/or vegetable with each meal or snack.  Apple and peanut butter, baby carrots and hummus, strawberries and a reduced fat string cheese to give a few suggestions.
  3. Cut up fruits and vegetables as soon as you buy them to make them more easily accessible to grab and go.

For more information about how to increase your fruits and vegetables and your overall diet, contact one of the Registered Dietitians at the UNC Wellness Centers.