10 Genius Ways to Eat More Fruits & Veggies Every Day

You're finally going to meet the recommendations for daily fruits and vegetables consumption

Eating healthier is a lot about consuming more fruits and vegetables. They add essential nutrients to diets, reduce the risk for heart disease, stroke, cancer, and help manage healthy body weight.

The problem is that 87 percent of Americans don't meet the recommendations for fruit consumption, and 91 percent don't for vegetable consumption, according to a recent U.S. report.[slideshow:85739]

The recommended servings is two fruits and three vegetables daily, Rebecca Lewis, registered dietitian, says. “We should think beyond the typical salad bowl to incorporate more fresh produce into our diets,” she adds. Obviously, that approach doesn’t work.

It is true that some vegetables lose nutrients in the process of cooking, but others, such as tomatoes and spinach, are better for you roasted or grilled. Don’t be afraid to grill fruits either.

You may be surprised to find out that sneakily adding fruits and vegetables into whatever you are baking is a good and consuming them without even noticing. Also, swap out butter for avocado next time you bake something and see if you taste a difference.

Other interesting ways of adding more healthy foods into your diet is by making them into noodles, freezing them while fresh, and drinking them. However, it’s important to always add some vegetables to counter the fruits, which are usually high in sugar.

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