What Does 5 Servings of Freggies Look Like?

We hear all the time that it's important to eat five servings of fruits and veggies per day in order to meet our daily nutrient needs, but that concept might seem a little abstract when you try to think about how much food that actually looks like. Five servings might seem like a lot of roughage to handle, but when you lay it all out, it's really not all that much; realistically, you can probably cover most of those servings with a large salad at lunchtime! To give you more perspective on what a day's worth of fruits and veggies looks like, check out the graphic below—and don't forget to share with your friends and "Pin" it for future reference!

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That makes it so easy. It means the 40 baby carrots that come with some meals are 4 servings. No wonder it is too much for one meal when I also have a cup of fruit. Report
The pictures are helpful. Thank you
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Thank you very much for your eye pleasing and mouth watering groupings of colorful freggies!! And if we gently stir-fry, or smoothie as has been mentioned, or incorporate such yummy goodness otherwise into our dishes, we can really pack a punch with every bite! For example: fresh onions, peppers, garlic, mushrooms, spinach... in Pasta Sauce! Adding different veggies to sandwiches, such as peppers, baby greens, etc... also to beans, soups, and anything else you can think of. Not "sneaking in" the veggies, but really exploring healthy taste sensations. Beware of over cooking, and try to use raw or gently cooked freggies when possible... ready for a peanut butter and banana sandwich now! Report
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Thanks for the information. Great visuals. Report
I've been way overestimating a serving of lettuce! Report
Good need-to-know information, thanks! Report
Pictures are well done! Report
Never a problem for me. Report
I hate green leafy veggies as well as broccoli. Report
nice to know what a full day's serving amounts to Report
Really nice visual! I eat ALLOT of veggies! Love them! Report
i love getting in my fruits and vegetables every day... in the morning i have a smoothie with one cup of baby spinach, 1/2 cucumber, half apple, and then either pineapple, watermelon or some other fruit and a half cup of some kind of berries and a bit of serrano pepper... and for lunch and/or dinner, i will have some kind of salad with spring mix, or spinach or romaine with grape tomatoes, yellow and orange bell peppers, carrots, or maybe some strawberries and cucumber and more avocado... green onions... or i might have a soup... like minestrone, or 10-veggie... or summer vegetable soup... and than with either lunch or dinner, i have 2 sides of vegetables with my protein... for snack, i might have berries with plain Greek yogurt... in the evening, i like to have dark chocolate, glass of cabernet and fresh berries... sorry so long-winded... but i get excited when it comes to fitting in fruits and veggies each day! Buen Provecho! Report
Humm, think I will try some of those combinations that was shown in article. Thanks. Report


 

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Melinda Hershey
Melinda Hershey
Melinda has a bachelor’s degree in health promotion and education and is an ACE-Certified Personal Trainer. Before working as an editor for SparkPeople, she developed and taught health programs for several non-profit organizations. She enjoys writing, interval training, yoga, and cooking with friends.