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Yes, 10 servings per day is possible!


What would you say if we told you we are each supposed to be eating 10 servings of fruits and vegetables...daily!?

 

Would you respond by saying, Krista and Zonya,

"No way, you all have lost your minds!"

 

Believe it or not, 10 servings of fruits and vegetables is the target we should all aim for based on studies and research.

And, how much does the average American eat?

Sadly, the reported average among Americans is only 2.2 servings per day.  And, when you think about it, you know what we mean...maybe someone has a salad at lunch or grabs an apple or banana for a snack, and then has the afterthought while making dinner...we need a vegetable, let's heat up a can of green beans.  And, there's your two a day!

Why ten servings?

There is compelling evidence that the risk of chronic disease continues to decrease with the intake of up to ten servings of fruits and vegetables per day.

By hitting your 10, the data shows the risk of heart disease drops by 24%, the risk of a stroke drops by 33%, cancer risk decreases by 13% and the risk of dying prematurely goes down by 31%.  It is estimated that 7.8 million deaths per year could be prevented if everyone consumed (a.k.a. enjoyed!) their ten daily servings!

If you think about it, this really isn't surprising.

Not only are you getting all the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that come from a variety of fruits and vegetables but, without even realizing it,  you are eliminating room for many of those unhealthy highly processed food imposters.

After all, there is only so much food you can eat in a day, right?!

 

How much is a serving?

You may be surprised how small a serving is.  Here are some rules of thumb:

  • Raw leafy greens:  1 cup
  • Raw and cooked vegetables (other than leafy greens):  1/2 cup
  • Fresh fruit:  1/2 cup
  • Whole fruits:  1 medium-sized fruit
  • Dried fruits:  1/4 cup

To keep it simple, simply think of one serving as the size of your fist (or a handful when it comes to dried fruits).

Remember, we are big believers in not overcomplicating things.  It is important not to obsess and get hung up on counting every single serving, but just be mindful about it.  Keep in mind, if you keep it simple and EAT REAL FOOD for every meal and snack, you will naturally get your 10 servings per day (and then some!), along with the nutrients your body needs to THRIVE!

Let's look at what a day of REAL food looks like...

(and several of these ideas can be made ahead and enjoyed for multiple days):

 

 

The result?

Would you believe you would have enjoyed 12 servings of fruits and vegetables!  Plus, let's face it, sometimes these meals are so good, you might just have seconds.  So, the reality is you probably consumed 15 or more servings of fruits and vegetables this day!

 

Let's look at another example:

 

 

Again, you are at almost 15 servings...probably more than 15 when you throw in an extra serving or two!

 

When some people hear they should eat 10 servings of fruits and vegetables every day, their response is dread and often "that sounds miserable to me" or "I have no idea how I could do that!"  

Now, we have to ask, do these meals, snacks and desserts sound miserable to you?  By the end of the day, you would likely feel so satisfied that you can't wait for your REAL food meals tomorrow!

According to an Eat REAL America member:

The difference in EATING REAL, compared to other things we’ve tried, is that the food is really good.  I don’t feel deprived in either portion size or taste so I’m willing to continue this for life!  Plus seeing the success I’m having keeps me motivated.  My husband is absolutely thrilled with his weight-loss progress—he’s at the lowest he’s been in many, many years, having now lost 27 pounds!!  Just saw my doctor for my yearly checkup and my bloodwork was PERFECT and blood pressure is good too.  So I’m proud to say I am now 72 and don’t take a single medication.  Thank you!"

 

 

Here are some great ways to easily get to 10 servings per day:

 

 

If you're not there already, this is a great time of year to challenge yourself to commit to at least 10 servings of fruits and vegetables every day!  (This could be an excellent idea for Lent!)  Try it for 30 days and see the results...for your physical health, your mental health, your immune system and so much more!

Please share with us, what are your favorite recipes or ways to load up on your fruit and veggie intake each day?

 

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2 Responses to Yes, 10 servings per day is possible!

  1. After being on the Eat Real Program for a year now, we don’t find it difficult at all to accomplish this with your delicious recipes. In fact, we delight in listing what veggies and fruits we’ve had each day. Yesterday for instance we had a smoothie for breakfast with almond milk, cocoa powder, kale, banana, peanut butter and cinnamon; for lunch we had the last portions of the Slow Cooker Curried Butternut Chili with cornbread; and for dinner we made Winter Pan Roasted Honey Mustard Salmon & Veggies with Homemade Naan. Quite often we have a salad before dinner and have even had leftover salad with breakfast, haha. We almost always have fresh fruit with every meal–like a banana with breakfast, a clementine with lunch, roasted pears after dinner. We don’t snack often but when we do it’s usually a handful of nuts, a square of dark chocolate, a small apple. A second doctor has told Ken, ‘Whatever you are doing, keep it up!’ We don’t consider this a ‘diet’. It’s a new and better way of living well! Thank you so much for the advice and inspiration you’ve given us to EAT REAL!

    • The transformation you both have made is absolutely incredible! I hope you are as proud of yourselves as we are of you! You both do such a fantastic job of supporting each other and being so mindful about foods and your health — we wish we could share your successes with the world! I don’t think we will ever be able to thank you enough for the inspiration and encouragement you have given us to continue to do what we love, so thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

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