Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Hearing you need to get nine or more servings of fruits and vegetables can be daunting. But consider the definition of a serving, below (from the National Cancer Institute). All varieties of fruits and vegetables -- fresh, frozen, canned, dried, and 100 percent juice -- count.
Measure out some of these in your kitchen so you can see how reasonable a serving size is!
One medium-size fruit (such as apple, orange, banana, pear)
1/2 cup raw, cooked, canned, or frozen fruits or vegetables
3/4 cup (6 ounces) 100 percent fruit or vegetable juice
1/2 cup cut-up fruit
1/2 cup cooked or canned legumes (beans and peas)
1 cup raw, leafy vegetables (such as lettuce and spinach)
1/4 cup dried fruit (such as raisins, apricots, and mangoes)
Notes from Reader's Digest
Picture from our Garden