The USDA suggests that Americans consume 5 to 9 servings of fruits and vegetables daily. Women, shoot for 1.5 cups of fruit and 2.5 cups of veggies a day. Men, two cups of fruit and 3 cups of veggies. A good rule of thumb is to fill HALF your plate with these colorful foods.
Fruits and veggies provide essential vitamins and minerals for the body, as well as phytochemicals and fiber. Plus, most of these foods are low in calories. In today’s society, convenience plays an important role in food choices. Luckily, many fruits and vegetables do not require refrigeration and are easy to prepare. Two fast ideas: Put out a bowl of bananas, apples and oranges. Also, slice up carrots, cucumbers, broccoli and/or cauliflower instead of potato chips as dippers.