Food and Exercise

Simple Ways to Add Fruits and Veggies to Your Heart Healthy Diet

You probably already know that you need to have a diet high in fruits and vegetables.  Somehow, though, this can be easier said than done.  The American Dietetic Association recommends that people eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables.

 Here are a few helpful ideas for adding them into your diet.  This will give you the vitamins and minerals you need for a healthy heart.  Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

 There are many things you can do in the morning to make sure you get some fruits and vegetables in.  For example, if you make eggs in the morning, you can easily add tomatoes, onions, peppers and mushrooms to get a serving of veggies.

You can also add a small glass of fruit juice to your meal.  In addition, a piece of fruit is a great item that can also be eaten on the go if necessary. Fruit can also be added to a protein shake or smoothie that you can drink on your way to work or school.

Dried fruit is a great addition to your morning oatmeal or dry cereal.  You can also add it to trail mix to get some fruit with your protein snack.  A small package of raisins also makes a great snack for mid-morning or afternoon.

At lunch, add some veggies to your sandwich such as lettuce, peppers and tomato.  This counts as a serving of vegetables.  You can also get your daily servings by eating vegetable soup at lunch.  A side salad also offers you an opportunity to add more veggies to your meal.  You can also add things like grapes and apple slices to a salad to improve it even more.

If you already eat vegetables with your dinner, try doubling up on your portions. By making sure that your dinner plate is at least half-filled with vegetables, you’ll get closer to the recommended servings of the day.  If you’re not eating a vegetable with your dinner at all it’s time to add one!

One food that’s a favorite of many is pizza.  And many people underestimate how healthy it can be.  Take a cheese pizza and add your favorite vegetables to get the perfect addition to your healthy diet.

When you’re not used to eating a lot of fruits and vegetables, the idea of increasing them in your diet can be daunting.  But you don’t have to make major changes.  Simply adding a serving here or there, you’ll get what you need in no time.


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