Yes, we know we should all eat more fruits and vegetables. Because it’s “good for us.” But, I need more concrete reasons than that.
How about 9 reasons? Let’s count them down:
1. Save Green by Going Green
Eating healthy can be inexpensive.
|Snack Food||Fruits & Vegetables|
|1 pound cookies||2 pounds apples||2 pounds oranges|
|1 pound bag of chips||1 pound bananas||2 pounds potatoes|
|2 liters soda||1 pound broccoli||1 pound cabbage|
|one 1/2 gallon of ice cream||1 pound carrots||1 pound romaine lettuce|
I’ve found that SMV boosts my savings potential by delivering my fruits and vegetables, so I save on gas to the grocery store, time spent shopping, and money on impulse purchases that break tend to break my budget. In addition, staying healthy saves on trips to the doctor, medications, and time missed from work.
2. Be A Healthy Role Model for Your Kids
As important as fruits and veggies are for adults, they are doubly important for growing children. You are the most important influence on your child. If you want your kids to eat more fruits and vegetables, you need to set the example. What they see you do, they will do.
3. 9 Servings A Day Can Prevent Cancer
Although recent studies have concluded that consuming fruits and provides only a modest improvement in cancer prevention, still, eating more fruits and vegetables keeps the body healthy, which could prevent cells from going all wonky. What does prevent cancer? “It is estimated that as much as 50 percent or more of cancer can be prevented through smoking cessation and improved dietary habits.” Eating better and quitting smoking can help prevent cancer. Nine servings a day can help with both of those goals—see #4.
4. More Fruits and Vegetables Can Help You Quit Smoking and Stay Tobacco-Free
Recent studies have shown that people who consume more fruits and vegetables have an easier time quitting smoking and staying tobacco-free. It is suspected that consuming fruits and veggies make cigarettes taste worse, thus deterring smokers from lighting up. Fruits and veggies keep people feeling full, thus reducing the need to light up. Got a craving to light up? Munch a carrot instead!
5. Fruits and Vegetables for Weight Loss
If you’re stuffing your belly with 4.5 cups of fruits and veggies each day, that’s gonna make you pretty full and not leave much room for unhealthy foods. Fruits and veggies are low in calories, which means you can consume a large volume without exceeding your daily calorie budget. If all you focus on is getting in your 9 servings a day, weight loss will happen on its own because you will satisfy all of your sensory cravings as well like crunching or taste for sweets.
Check back next week for the remainder of my list.
I’ll be fitting in my 9 servings today by adding apples to my breakfast and fruit salad as my snacks. I always have salad for lunch—it’s an easy way to get in lots of servings in one meal. Today’s salad consists of romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes, and sliced cucumbers. I finish off my daily 9 with a serving of roasted brussell sprouts and fresh baby spinach dressed in balsamic vinaigrette to my baked chicken breast for dinner.