A study was published in 2014 showing that 5 to 7 servings of fruits and vegetables a day could help lower the risk of dying during the study follow-up by as much as 40 percent. Since then, I've been promoting that goal of 5 to 7 servings. As of this month, however, the bar was raised even higher. New data with more than 2 million subjects showed that if you eat 10 servings of fruits and vegetables daily, you can reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke, cancer, and premature death. This is amazing news if your goal is to live as long and as healthy as possible.
The authors calculated that 8 million deaths a year could be avoided worldwide. Wow! So, what do 10 servings a day mean? One serving is half a cup of vegetables and a piece of fruit about the size of a baseball. Overall, the 10 servings added up to 800 grams or about 1 ¾ pound of fruits and veggies every day.
But how are you going to pack all of those fruits and veggies in? Below, I listed 18 ways to get more fruits and vegetables into your diet. My favorite method is using the NutriBullet every day. This amazing and affordable personal blender is perfect for your kitchen, workplace or even dorm room. It's also great to take when traveling. By filling the 900W model full of fruits and vegetables, you can get 7 of the 10 servings that are the foundation for a healthy diet. Do you have a NutriBullet, yet? It may be the best purchase you ever make, as well as an awesome gift.
Here are 18 ways to get more fruits and vegetables into your day:
Eating nearly two pounds of fruits and vegetables a day is the best insurance against illnesses that can rob us of our wellness. Try a smoothie to start your day and you will upgrade your health to rock star health status.