Day 5: Load Up on Fruits and Vegetables
By Lisa Valente, M.S., R.D., December 18, 2013 - 1:45pm
Eating more produce can help you slim down because produce is low in calories and high in fiber. In fact, vegetables were ranked as the No. 1 food to eat for weight loss by Harvard University. On a 1,500-calorie diet, you should eat 1½ cups of fruit and 2 cups of veggies. At breakfast, add sliced fruit to toast or veggies to an egg scramble. For lunch, eat a big salad or pack a wrap with baby spinach. For snacks, try grapefruit, apples or carrot sticks. And at dinner, start your meal with a bowl of vegetable soup and be sure to include produce in your meal.
Pictured Recipe: Green Pizza
Today’s Editor’s Tip:
Michelle Edelbaum, Digital Director
“I love fruits and vegetables, and even though I try to eat them at every meal, I still sometimes fall short for the day. Getting enough fruit isn’t usually a problem since it’s one of my favorite snacks. But to boost my veggie intake, I’ve started having a green drink as an afternoon snack. The green drink is somewhere between a thick juice and a thin smoothie, clocks in around 110 calories, and contains just spinach, apple, grapes, cucumber, carrot and water. My husband and I blend one up each morning and it’s like a sweet salad in a jar.”
Actionable Tip: Aim to eat at least one serving of fruits or vegetables at every meal tomorrow.