Health care providers, as well as researchers, have touted the benefits of a diet rich in fruits in vegetables for quite a while, as they help to reduce blood pressure, high cholesterol, the risk of stroke, and even help to prevent some forms of cancer. However, grabbing an apple for a snack instead of a bag of chips or adding a serving of green beans to dinner is not always the preferred choice for many of us. For each of these healthier decisions, our body - and mind - will benefit and it’s easier than you may realize to add more of them to your diet.
•Buy many kinds of fruits and vegetables when you shop, so you have plenty of choices and you don't run out. Buy fresh, frozen, dried, and canned. Be sure to choose 100 percent fruit juice.
•Take bigger portions when adding vegetables and fruits to your plate.
•Add chopped fruit to your breakfast cereal. Try sliced bananas, apples or dried fruit.
•Keep a bowl of fruit on the kitchen table or counter. This makes it easier to grab and a visual reminder to choose a healthier snack option.
•Place packs of applesauce, raisins or other dried fruit in your car or office. It’s the perfect on-the-go or break-time snack.
•Keep a container of cut-up vegetables on the top shelf of the refrigerator. You are more likely to reach for something that requires less preparation.
•Dish up fruit for dessert. Top fat-free ice cream or frozen yogurt with bananas or berries.
Better health not only begins with better nutrition, but a good relationship with your health care provider. Find a Utica Park Clinic provider near you by calling 918-579-DOCS or clicking here.