In the latest issue of the Nutrition Action newsletter (click here to subscribe -- it is fascinating), I learned how a diet rich in fruits & vegetables is the main way to achieve heart health. And although I've been obsessed with F&V for a long time, I now see even more reason to increase the amount in my diet. If you eat 2000 calories per day, you should aim for 11 servings...which sounds like a lot, but it's the equivalent of this:
a fruit with breakfast (1/2 cup) a large serving of fruit for a snack (1 cup) an entree salad for lunch (3-4 cups) veggie-based stir fry, fajitas, ratatouille, tacos, etc. for dinner (2 cups)
And there you have it -- 11 servings!
Here's how I'm getting closer to my servings goal today -- pineapple & nectarines dipped in this:
1/2 cup plain yogurt 1 tbsp limeade concentrate 1 cup Cool Whip Lite (Mix yogurt & limeade together, then gently fold in Cool Whip with a spatula. Add lime zest if you'd like.)
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I'm always scouring grocery shelves on the lookout for new products that will satisfy my crunchy-salty craving but also provide some fiber...and with any luck, some other nutrients too. With 130 calories, 4 grams fiber (unheard of for a chip), and only 4.5 grams fat (about 6 grams less than potato chips) in a 30-curl serving, these are my latest favorite. If you have Trader Joe's in your area, give them a try!
In Boston a few weeks ago, we went to one of my favorite bakeries, Flour, to try their famed Sticky Buns. And let me tell you, these buns really lived up to the hype! I could have one of these every morning for the rest of my life (if they were only calorie-free). I highly recommend stopping by next time you're in the South End.
Meels is my nickname and meals are my passion, so my friends call me Healthy Meels. In Spring 2010, the Healthy Meels blog will become Eating Made Easy, a site that will remove confusion & add joy to your eating routine. Stay tuned!!