Thursday, June 1, 2023

Do You Eat Enough Fruit & Veg Every Day?

Do you eat enough fruit and veg everyday?

Let's review whether or not you eat enough fruit and veg every day. The latest research seems to have discarded the 5 + 2 that we were told we needed to eat - five vegetables and two fruit every day.  It suggests that we should be eating 9 fruits and vegetables every single day.  Now a lot of people would struggle to get that amount of fruit and vegetables in their day so what can we do?

The number one thing I would suggest is to make sure that you are adding fruit and vegetables to your breakfast.  I know that years ago I would have a breakfast that didn't contain any fruit or veg and then I basically had to fit my fruit and vegetable intake into the rest of the day, back then I rarely had an afternoon snack and my morning snack would be something like a sausage roll or a chocolate muffin.  Lunch would sometimes contain fruit and/or vegetables, but not always.  A favorite was a cheese, tomato and cucumber sandwich, but I would also sometimes have a ham and cheese or a tuna and mayo sandwich - aka no fruit or veg.  This meant that I had to try and get my (at the time) 7 serves of fruit and veg with my dinner which really didn't happen.  Now we have to make that 9 servings - "Houston we have a problem".

If you add some fruit and vegetables to your breakfast you start your day off making it a lot easier to hit your fruit and vegetables target.

I usually have three servings of fruit and vegetables before I even go to work these days so how do I do this?

I drink a Green Gut Glow drink first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and this counts as one serve of fruit and vegetables as it contains a scoop of Be Well Superfood Greens.

Next, I add fruit and vegetables to my breakfast whether I'm having an egg-based breakfast, oats-based breakfast, pancake or waffle-based breakfast, smoothie-based breakfast or salad-based breakfast.

Yes, I put salad-based breakfast in there, not something that is traditional my husband and I had a breakfast salad on holiday a few years ago and we absolutely loved it.

Let's go into more detail on these breakfast ideas:

By the way, it's also important to get plenty of protein in your breakfast as well.  So what do you eat for breakfast?

By the way, if you want more tips for healthy living be sure to check out my Facebook Group - Healthy Tips to Feel & Look Your Best.

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  1. You always have such good suggestions, Lou, making it easier to meet one's daily requirements when eating. Breakfast becomes not only the most important meal of the day, but the best start nutrition-wise. Thanks for your help.

  2. Oh, my! It is hard enough for me to get the recommended fruits & vegetables based on the old recommendations. I don't see any way to get 9 of each in a diet unless you drink a few smoothies each day that contains them. Of course, if 9 bites of a banana counts as 9, I'm good! lol Of course, I think you are right on about adding the fruits and veggies to breakfast. I appreciate your recommendations!

  3. I like adding fresh or frozen berries to my smoothies. I grow microgreens and use them on salads and in sandwiches. We try to always have either a large salad or two servings of roasted vegetables (we love roasted broccoli, cauliflower and/or baby portobello mushrooms sprayed with avocado oil or olive oil and tossed with nutritional yeast before roasting) with dinner. Thanks for the great recommendations for getting in even more produce!

  4. You are so good about your eating habits and what goes in your body - congratulations on that! I can sometimes do fruit in the morning - although most mornings I'm usually in a fast mode til after lunch - sometimes though I wake up craving protein (eggs), sometimes toast, and sometimes fruit - I just ate a whole bowl of blueberries for dinner - oh no. lol. - but I've been on the go today, so hopefully that's ok. Loving fresh mangos lately too -yum (don't know how fresh they are here in Canada though)

  5. I don't hink I get enough fruits and veggies, so I will have to look at your recommendations and adjust my daily intake accordingly. Thanks Louanne for this insightful review!

  6. I love fruit and veg and can easily do the five vegetables and two fruit every day especially as we eat fish but very little meat. I did not know the recommendation was now 9 fruit and veg a day! I do think your ideas for eating fruit and veg at breakfast is a good one and starts the day off well. Thank you for your recommendations, very helpful.


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