Wednesday, March 03, 2010
Veggies, that is.
Of course, we've always known that we should eat our fruits and vegetables. But science has finally caught up with common sense.
A study in the UK investigated people's eating habits and health outcomes. The more fruits and vegetables people ate, the better their overall health. It didn't matter if the people were smokers or in bad health.
How Much To Eat?
Adding 2 additional portions of fruits and vegetables a day increased the chances that someone would be in good functional health by 11 percent. Make that your goal -- to add two servings of fruits and vegetables a day.
How To Do It?
All you have to do is double your veggies at dinner and eat an apple or other piece of fruit as a snack.
You can read this for yourself at longevity.about.com/od/l
You can find all sorts of ways to add vegetables to your diet. I like to spritz mine with Olive Oil, spread them on a cookie sheet and roast in the oven at about 400 degrees for 20 min. or more, depending on how crunchy you want them. You can put them in zip lock bags and add them to every meal.
Or simply prep all your favorites that you like to munch on raw, and have them available right in the middle of your fridge so they are what you see as soon as you open that door, wanting to "graze".
Just be sure to make eating these veggies your FIRST priority. Get that quota in every day and you won't have to worry so much about the rest of your food.
I'm sold on veggies!