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Fit Your Five Into Your Daily Diet

Timeless Nutrition Tip

Eating the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables a day does not mean you have to completely change your lifestyle.

Fit Your Five Into Your Daily Diet

Sometimes it's an easy decision - like topping your cereal with a sliced banana or fresh berries - that makes the difference.

Tips to Fit Your Five Into Your Daily Diet

You may choose to sip a tall glass of orange juice at breakfast instead of coffee. Or sidestep sweet or salty snacks, like cookies or potato chips for more nutritional choices, such as carrot or celery sticks, apple or pear slices or raisins.

If you're going out for lunch, check out the restaurant's salad bar. It provides an excellent opportunity for stocking up on leafy greens and lots of fresh vegetables.

If you're having trouble sticking to three meals a day because of dieting, try eating small meals throughout the day. Mini meals with high fiber content for breakfast and lunch will prevent a binge. Try whole fruits for a snack.

Eat your vegetables first. They help fill you up leaving less room for calorie packed sides like mashed potatoes or stuffing.

Don't sample every side dish. Just because it's there doesn't mean you have to put it in your mouth. Pick your two favorite side dishes and enjoy only those.

Slow down! Remember that it takes 20 minutes for your brain to register fullness. Put down your fork and drink some water between bites.

When eating in, soup up your sandwich with a generous layering of sliced cucumber, tomato, green onions or lettuce.

Garnishing is another way to ease more fruits into mealtime. Try dressing up ham with pineapple slices or add a wedge of melon alongside pork chops or chicken.

Making simple, satisfying decisions like the above is a sure-fire way to fit your five in every day. With the right game plan, your mind and your tummy will be content and comfortable!

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