You’ve probably heard of the USDA food pyramid guidelines that suggest “five to seven servings per day of fruits and vegetables.” That strangely misleading guideline sounds like it means that seven is the upper limit recommended, but that is not the case. Frankly, that’s just a lame government bureaucracy trying to confuse you, and trying to keep the meat and dairy lobbies satisfied by not overemphasizing the healthiest of foods—fruits and vegetables. There is nothing unhealthy about having eight or ten or even twelve or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day.
As long as your overall caloric intake is not excessive, you will help yourself lose weight and stay healthy if you shoot for ten or more servings of fruits and vegetables per day—a goal that even the USDA will endorse, if you press them.
Eating an abundant amount of fruits and vegetables will ensure you don’t succumb to unhealthy cravings of sugar or fat-laden snacks.
Start each day with a glass of juice, a piece of fruit or a warm vegetable. Choose sliced fruit rather than chips or cookies for your morning snack. Pile lettuce leaves and tomato slices on your meat sandwiches for lunch. Enjoy slices of avocado with a half piece of pita bread or eat an apple before going out to dinner, this will help to keep you from filling up on bread prior to eating your meal.
Did you know that eating fruit helps to keep your breath fresher? Fruits help your saliva glands work at optimum condition, keeping your mouth fresh and sweet smelling.
For the best possible results make sure your diet includes these densely nutritious vegetables: sweet potatoes, carrots, broccoli, eggplant, garlic, onion, asparagus, peppers, tomatoes, and greens.
By replacing high calorie snacks with fruits and vegetables, you’ll lose weight faster, boost your immune system quicker, and feel stronger and healthier. Just 10 veggies a day.
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