Day 4: Eat Five Servings of Vegetables
Change your outlook on veggies. It can be a challenge to get your daily recommended intake of vegetables on a regular basis, but with a little creativity and some pre-planning, it can be pretty easy to add more vegetables to your diet.
The American Heart Association recommends an average of five servings of vegetables per day. To get your five servings: eat one cup of a leafy green vegetable; half a cup of a fresh, frozen or canned vegetables; and half a cup of fresh vegetable juice.
We’ve also got a few ideas to help you get your vegetables throughout the day for a healthier you.
Ways to Add More Vegetables to Your Diet
- Breakfast: Vegetables at breakfast may not sound appealing at first, but a handful of veggies in your scrambled eggs can add a delicious amount of color and flavor. You can also pour yourself a glass of fresh vegetable juice to have on the side.
- Lunch: You can easily have a heavy hand of vegetables for lunch through your main dish, including a large vegetable salad or a bowl of low-sodium vegetable soup. A few carrots and celery sticks with a light dip pairs well as a midday snack.
- Dinner: Make sure your plate is decorated with colorful vegetables, including roasted cauliflower or chopped onions in your side of rice. To make it simple, you can find bags of microwavable frozen vegetables at your local grocery store, and within minutes, you’ll have exactly what you need for a heart-healthy meal.
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