Diet and Health



Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables

As we all know, there are a many health benefits of a diet based on, or rich in fruits and vegetable, like: reduced risk of heart disease and stroke, lower blood pressure, lower risk of eye problems and so on. Not everyone is a big fan of fruit and vegetables but knowing the benefits they offer for our organism, we should try our best  to include them in our daily diet. Of course, it is preferred to buy fresh fruits and vegetables in season, because they are more tasty, but you can also stock up frozen vegetales, because they can be easily and quickly prepared in the microwave.

You can buy vegetables easy to prepare: make a salad in just few minutes, by adding lettuce, carrots and cherry tomatoes. Choose carrots or celery sticks for quick snacks and use a microwave to quickly cook vegetables like potatoes. You should also try raw or lightly steamed vegetables. To keep diversity and keep meals interesting, try to vary vegetables bu choosing different kinds and colours of fruit and vegetables. For the best nutritional value you should choose vegetables that contain more potassium, like white potatoes, white beans, lima beans, peas, tomato products, like tomato sauce. Condiments and sauces can add sodium, calories or fat to vegetables.

Use fresh ingredients for cooking to reduce sodium intake. You should also try to buy canned vegetables labeled “no salt”. For healty meals, it is recommended to serve as a main dish, cooked vegetables, like a soup. This should be half of your plate and for the other half you can add other foods. For lunch you can have a salad made of all king of vegetables and light meat. An ideal dinner should include a green salad every day and for every other meal you should try to include chopped vegetables, wich will definitely make the food even more tasty. To get used with fruits and vegetables keep them in the place where you can always see them and try to include them even for quick snacks, replacing sweets as much as possible. You can also try a cooking book with salad recipes, where vegetables take center stage.

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