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Fit fruits and veggies into your day (infographic)

Sept. 16, 2016

Produce is a powerful thing — packed with nutrients to help your body thrive. But five daily servings can be a challenge, even for the healthiest of eaters. Megan Spurling, manager of Sharp HealthCare's employee wellness program, offers tips and tricks to hit your daily target.

Fit fruits and veggies into your day (infographic). Fruits and veggies are vital for a healthy diet, but eating enough of them can be a challenge. Skip the excuses and make room for five servings per day. Top five excuses: busted! Excuse – I’m not in the habit of eating fruits and vegetables. Solution – Make it mandatory. Include one fruit or vegetable at each meal (add fresh or frozen berries to your breakfast or pile on the greens at lunch). Excuse – Fruits and veggies are expensive. Solution – Buy in season. You’ll save money while enjoying produce at its freshest. Excuse – Produce doesn’t stay fresh long enough. Solution –  Buy a combo of fresh and frozen. Use the fresh at the beginning of the week, and you’ll still have frozen options to tide you over. Excuse – Preparing fruits and vegetables takes too much time.
Solution – Buy bite-size fruits and vegetables. Options like carrots, sugar peas and cherry tomatoes are easy to snack on and prepare. Excuse – I don’t like the way produce tastes. Solution – Give them another try – and try a lot. Different flavors, textures and cooking methods can really help you get hooked. A lot of people find it difficult or even intimidating to introduce more vegetables and fruits into their diet, but these can become the star of your meals, says Megan Spurling, MS, with Sharp Best Health. Consume more of both and you’ll be doing wonders for your energy level, your immune system and your overall health.

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