Remember your Mom always told you to eat those fruits and vegetables so you’d grow up nice and healthy?
Well, like so many things our Mothers told us, she was right and she may not have even realized just how important those fabulous things from nature really were! She may not have insisted you eat 5 of nature’s miracles every day, but I’m sure she knew how vastly important they were to keep you in good health.
For instance, did you know that those miraculous fruits & veggies actually help to break up the plaque that accumulate in our arteries which puts you in danger of a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular disease. Eating some of these daily will help in cleansing your arteries:
And there are so many other reasons to do your daily 5 of these potent full-of-life foods:
Good source of vitamins and minerals, including folate, vitamin C and potassium
An excellent source of dietary fiber
Low in fat and calories thus helping to maintain a healthy weight
They can be fresh, frozen, canned, dried or juiced
Water – we always talk about drinking enough water!
Fruits and vegetables will supply a large portion of thatsince a large portion of their makeup is actually water. Many vegetables have a water composition above 90 percent. Cucumbers and iceberg lettuce contain the highest amount because they’re 96 percent water. Ninety-four percent to 95 percent of celery, tomatoes and zucchini consists of water.
Here are some easy tips on how to include these miracles of nature into your daily regimen:
- Line colander with spinach or kale when draining pasta so the greens will wilt and become part of the pasta dish
- Make a sandwich using lettuce in place of white bread
- Add tomatoes and lettuce to your sandwich
- Have fresh juice with lunch (ditch that soda please!)
- Instead of crackers & cheese, how about apple slices & cheese?
- Add grated broccoli, cauliflower, tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, or peppers to your scrambled eggs
- Try carrots, cucumbers, or zucchini dipped in bean dip or hummus
- Celery with peanut butter
- Make tuna or chicken salad with celery, onions, and raisins