If you're hoping to eat healthier but the thought
of fitting in all those fruits and vegetables makes you overwhelmed,
don't be. Some simple strategies can help you get on the way to your
recommended "five a day."
One of the first things to remember when changing
your eating habits to consume the recommended five servings of fruit
and vegetables a day is to not be overwhelmed by the idea of five
servings, according to Dr. Don Bradley, chief medical director and vice
president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina. A serving is
only a half cup of chopped vegetables, three-quarters of a cup of
vegetable or fruit juice, or one cup of leafy greens, Bradley
explained. A large tossed salad is actually several servings.
Some other strategies, Bradley said:
Try a sneak attack.
Use shredded zucchini instead of bread crumbs to bind meatloaf. Add
chopped veggies to spaghetti sauce, taco fillings or macaroni and
cheese. Add mixed vegetables to canned vegetable soup.
Look for unexpected opportunities to use vegetables.
For lunch, put last night's leftover vegetables into a pita pocket and
cover them with low- or no-fat ranch dressing. Have peeled carrots
always on hand for a snack.
Eat vegetables in whatever form you like — frozen, canned or fresh.