According from the latest CDC report, we are not spending enough time shopping in the produce aisle, as over 75% of Americans are not eating the minimum recommended 4.5 cups of fruits and vegetables daily. This dietary shortfall may partially explain why over 65% of Americans are overweight.
Snacking on low calorie, high fiber, fruits and vegetables daily can help reduce your weight as Mother Nature’s finest will “fill you up before they fill you out”. In other words, you’ll likely get full on produce before you have a chance to overeat. In contrast, higher calorie, less filling snacks such as chips, crackers, and bagels are so easy to overeat that they can quickly fill you out in the wrong places.
If you are falling short of a quota of 4.5 cups fruits and veggies daily, make produce your only snack of choice and the best choice to trim your waist. Here are 5 easy fruit and veggie snack ideas
“A new research study, hot-off-the presses, has shown that conventionally grown produce is as nutritious as organic fruits and veggies. This is good news as a well-balanced diet that is rich in fruits and vegetables, no matter how they are grown, is your best defense in fighting heart disease, certain cancers, stroke, and diabetes….all major killers of Americans. With food prices expected to rise another 3 to 4% in 2009, Americans should fill their grocery carts with plenty of fruits and veggies and let and tasteprice be the driving force. Here are some tips: