Healthy Eating Tip

Tip: Add 1 or 2 more servings of fruit or vegetable per day.

This is the ubiquitous advice from every Dietitian. We all have heard why we should eat more fruits and vegetables: they are a good source of anti-oxidants, vitamins, fibre. This all helps to lower our risk of diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

But what we don’t look at, is that the addition of one extra fruit or vegetable per day does to shift the rest of your eating. Add an apple with your morning cereal, you will feel fuller longer, and come lunch time and may be able settle for a smaller portion. Add some veggie sticks to your snacks to offset higher calorie choices. Piling a bit more vegetables onto the dinner plate, so it is approximately ½ vegetables, ¼ starch, ¼ protein, changes the distribution to have less of the more calorie dense foods.