If you're having trouble fitting in 5 + servings of fruits and vegetables daily, you need to rethink your idea of them. We tend to eat a fruit cup or a piece of fruit on its own, and vegetables are relegated to side dishes at dinner.
In addition to starting each day with 2-3 servings of fruits and vegetables (I'll share my famous savory oats recipe soon!), I integrate at least two servings into snacks each day. I have no trouble reaching 8 and often more servings of fruits and vegetables daily.
Here are some nontraditional but delicious snacks to get you started.
1 bell pepper, cored, seeded and cut in half
(134 cals, 2 g fat, 17 g protein)
(160 cals, 10 g fat, 6 g protein)
1 medium baked sweet potato (about 2" diameter by 5" long)
(184 calories, 4 g fat, 11 g protein)
(201 cals, 8 g fat, 6 g protein)
1 cucumber, chopped (keep the peel if it's organic)
(249 cals, 3 g fat, 21 g protein)
(177 cals, 8 g fat, 5 g protein, 7 g fiber)
1 cup carrot sticks
(134 cals, 0 g fat, 16 g protein, 4 g fiber)
(187 cals, 8 g fat, 6 g protein, 5 g fiber)
1 cup frozen berries or cherries
(201 cals, 0 g fat, 12 g protein, 3 g fiber)
(191 cals, 4 g fat, 9 g protein, 4 g fiber)
Have you tried any of these snacks? Will you?
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