We’ve all heard that we should have 5 fruits and vegetables per day, but I’d like to break it down a little because it may not be as hard as you think to accomplish this. The United States Department of Agriculture sets a serving size for fruit or vegetables to be equal to about one-half cup. Greens like spinach and lettuce have a serving size equal to one full cup. And a piece of fruit like a small banana or an apple counts as one serving.
So when you eat half a cup of cucumbers or six strawberries, you’ve eaten an entire serving! Before I began my journey to lose weight I assumed that a serving was a cup or more when, in fact, it is much less.
To those of you participating in the weekly bonus challenge with me, keep up the good work. And if you need a few ideas then here’s a list for you. You could eat:
one ear of corn
half of a sweet potato
10 baby carrots
a cup of lettuce
5 broccoli florets
So, you see? It’s not so bad when you break it down into servings. And I promise that if you eat fruits and veggies regularly, you’ll stay satisfied longer. And you’ll feel good because you’re doing great things for your body!