Fruits and vegetables are proven to help prevent disease and as we know provide many important vitamins and fiber that are good and healthy for us. Even though we are aware of their benefits, and every parent tells their child to eat them, many of us have trouble following Mom’s advice.
Not if you’re like most of us, you didn’t. Look around you. We’re all sitting on vats of grease. We go out for lunch and we literally pour saturated fat down our throats in the form of burgers and fries. We polish that off and suck down a yummy chocolate milkshake. All this is accomplished from the driver’s seat of our car as we guide the car with the only finger we haven’t dipped into our french fry grease. Okay, perhaps you’re doing better than the average bear. Let’s say you don’t each lunch through your car window on a daily basis. Good for you. But how often do you consume pre-packaged foods? When’s the last time you indulged in a comfort food like potato chips or Oreos? These foods are cheap, convenient, and easy to access. And, let’s face it, they make us feel good when we eat them… at least, for a little while.
An example of such a food would be grapes, or some kind of melon. You would simply have to rinse them and you could eat them right up. Another example might be veggies such as carrots or celery soaked in a light dressing. Scientists know that we’re not eating what we should. They know that the turnips and tomatoes are going uneaten, untouched. Therefore, to motivate us they are touting a five a day campaign engineered to increase our awareness of our eating habits and to incite us into eating five servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
It does at first sound like quite a lot, those five servings. But there are practical suggestions which may be implemented to help get to the five servings per day, such as by eating fruit for breakfast. Fruit can be used as a topping on cereals, pancakes or waffles. Apples or bananas are a great snack to take with on the go.
It is very easy to add veggies to your daily diet. At lunch, eating a salad is an excellent thought. When you have lunch or dinner out, order a sandwich made with lettuce, tomatoes and sprouts. You can add vegetables to baked goods, or use them as ingredients in stews and soups, and with sauces for meat.
Celery with peanut butter or cream cheese is easy to do and it makes a savory snack for your afternoon break or an after-school treat for the kids. Since kids never seem to like anything for longer than a day anyway, simply make sure to offer them various foods. The saying ‘eat your vegetables before you get dessert’ is a method that just seems to make vegetables more unappetizing. It would be interesting to see what would happen if we tried the opposite approach.
Would you consider chewing on some broccoli after you finish your chocolate cake? Consuming juice is an excellent method of getting in additional servings of fruits and veggies. There is usually no fiber in fruit juices, however. It also kills your appetite. How many times have you seen a child drink a large cup of juice and then refuse to eat, claiming they aren’t hungry? Juice is also much higher in calories than eating the vegetable or fruit.
We can no longer deny the benefits to our health of eating vegetables and fruits. Studies have proven that when people eat additional veggies and fruits, they lower their odds of contracting 14 varieties of cancer over those who do not eat as many during the course of a day. Are you at risk for blindness? How about a stroke? Worried about having a heart attack? If you’re not getting your fruits and veggies, then maybe you should be. Eating them lowers your risk.
This is information that everybody should know; nevertheless, we can come up with millions of excuses for not eating properly. Some other excuses include that fruits and vegetables are too expensive while others are in to much of a rush to slice their strawberries. What excuse keeps you from eating the way you know you should?