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Day 5: Load Up on Fruits and Vegetables

By Lisa D'Agrosa, 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, Diet Blog, Diet, Good choices, Health, Nutrition, Weight loss, Weight-Loss Challenge, Wellness

Lisa D'Agrosa
Lisa D'Agrosa is EatingWell's associate nutrition editor. She earned her master's degree in nutrition communication from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and attended the dietetic internship program at Massachusetts General Hospital to become a registered dietitian.

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