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Day 5: Load Up on Fruits and Vegetables

By Lisa D'Agrosa, M.S., R.D., December 18, 2013 - 1:45pm

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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

Michelle EdelbaumToday’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.

TAGS: Lisa D'Agrosa, M.S., R.D., Diet Blog, Diet, Good choices, Health, Nutrition, Weight loss, Weight-Loss Challenge, Wellness

Lisa D'Agrosa, M.S., R.D.
Lisa D’Agrosa is EatingWell’s digital nutrition & news editor. She is a Registered Dietitian and completed her master’s degree in Nutrition Communication at Tufts University. She loves tasting all the recipes from the Test Kitchen and geeking out over nutrition science. @LisaDAgrosa

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