Eat LOTS of veggies EVERY DAY. We all know we’re supposed to eat our veggies every day, but in reality, most of us don’t truly eat enough of these power-packed foods – often because we don’t really know how much we’re supposed to be eating.
Choosemyplate.gov says that women should be getting 2 ½ cups of vegetables every day with the following counting as one cup of vegetables:
- 1 cup of raw or cooked vegetables
- 1 cup of vegetable juice
- 2 cups of raw leafy greens
Keep in mind though – this should be your bare minimum for the amount of vegetables you eat every day. In his book, Food: What the Heck Should I Eat?, Dr. Mark Hyman recommends that vegetables should be eaten at every meal. That’s where green smoothies for breakfast come in! In fact, Dr. Hyman advises that “Non-starchy vegetables like spinach, asparagus, broccoli and kale should make up 50 to 75 percent of your plate.” Vegetables provide us with the critical nutrients that our bodies need, so be sure and eat plenty of them. Besides, as nutritionist Megan Lacoste from SL/M Nutrition Coaching says,if you eat more healthy food, then there’s simply less room for junky foods.