Fruits and vegetables are the essential base to staying healthy. Their calorie content is low and their nutrient content is high. They are a source of antioxidants, vitamins and fiber, which promote proper digestion of other nutrients and increases intestinal volume, as well as helps to correct constipation and keep us hydrated due to their high water content. They contain little sodium but are high in potassium, which helps the body eliminate excess fluids through urination.
When fruits and vegetables are eaten raw, all of their nutrients are utilized. Their high content of vitamins, minerals and nutrients like bioflavonoid help regulate our immune system. It also helps prevent conditions such as diabetes and obesity.
Essential Nutrients: They are necessary for the body to function and are found in the foods we eat. They are usually used in small amounts, are actively involved in metabolic reactions, and are easily stored and reused within the body.
Bioflavonoid: Nutrients commonly found in the inner white part of the citrus peel. They protect blood circulation, collagen and promote the absorption of vitamin C.
Antioxidants: Help the body maintain a more efficient metabolism and prevent damage which may occur due to environmental factors such as air quality, the sun we receive and the amount of stress we experience. Good sources of antioxidants include citrus fruits such as oranges, kiwis and lemons, as well as all varieties of peppers, and fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries.
-Try to eat at least 5 servings of fruits and vegetables each day to be healthy.
-Choose fresh fruits and vegetables. With fruits, choose the ripest possible.
-Do not forget about frozen vegetables. They also help to more easily incorporate greens into our diet.
-If you eat 5 times a day, with one fruit or vegetable at every sitting, you will easily meet and exceed your goal.
-Put them within your sight. If they are concealed and forgotten, a lot of them could spoil.
-You can wash, precook or roast vegetables in appropriate portions for the week and thus save time.
-If you do not want to eat them, at least try to drink them. Use a blender to make juices, but keep in mind that juicer machines remove the fiber that is also necessary to stay healthy.
-Replace potato chips or other snacks with chips from dried fruit and vegetables.