Simple Ways to Increase your Fruit and Vegetable Intake By Jennifer Lintz, RD, LD

February 26th, 2013 · No Comments

Have you heard of the “fruits and veggies: more matters®” campaign? It is one of my favorite nutrition-related promotions because it focuses simply on improvement.  Instead of urging adults and kids to take in a certain number of fruit and vegetable servings per day, the goal of the campaign is to help individuals eat more.  Check out the website if you haven’t already.  While we are on the subject of “more,” here are a few ways to increase your intake. 

1. Eat a fruit or vegetable with every meal.  Incorporating some kind of produce with each meal guarantees you’ll take in three servings during the day.  Need ideas?  Grab a banana to pair with breakfast, munch on some pepper sticks at lunch, and steam up green beans to go along with dinner.

2. Make fruits and veggies the focal point of your snacks.  Gather up your choices the night before you need them to set yourself up for success the next day.  Some of my favorite between-meal options include an apple with string cheese, baby carrots and hummus, celery sticks and peanut butter, a mixed berry smoothie, and plain edamame.

3. Make them “ready-to-eat.”  It’s tough to turn away fruits and vegetables that are washed, sliced, and ready for consumption!   Freshly cut pineapple chunks, cucumber slices, and broccoli florets are just a few examples of produce to keep on hand. Get in the habit of having a few of your favorites prepared so that all you have to do is grab and go.   

 This is not intended as medical advice. Please contact your physician for medical advice.

 Jennifer Lintz, RD, LD, is a Registered Dietitian for Hy-Vee in Owatonna, MN, and a Group Fitness Instructor at the Mayo Clinic’s Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center in Rochester, MN.

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