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It is never good to eliminate a whole food group from your diet. You should be having a wide variety of fruits and vegetables every day.
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My husband's idea of 5 servings of veggies is hash browns for breakfast, french fries for lunch and a baked potato with corn on the side for dinner. He would eat this every day if I fixed it for him but he might change the corn form peas or green beans. He might switch the potato for potato salad or kidney bean salad, pork and beans, or chili.
He holds his breath and turns blue if I eat something like spinach in front of him. LOL
I have to admit. He likes iceberg lettuce salad. I have finally gotten him to eat chopped salad if I don't put anything healthy in it. I do sneak in raw spinach, parsley, kale and some other greens now but he'll pick out carrots.
I love veggies but this a challenge for my husband. He will eat salad and raw carrots so he gets that everyday. Since he eats more fruits than veggies, i try to stick to lower sugar fruits like berries and he has an apple as a snack every day since it takes him some time to eat it. For him, a cup of blackberries is better than candy.
Try to be creative. If you like salsa, try fresh salsa from the produce department. Just go easy on the chips. Wholly guacamole is another veggie I can get into my husband. Just watch the portion size.
Also sneak veggies into rice or pasta. Shred carrots, peppers and zucchini then finely chop. Add it raw to freshly cooked rice. My husband doesn't even notice.
Add shredded carrots to chili, spaghetti sauce and taco meat. It will cook down to where it blends in and you can't even notice it.
Veggies are a goal for you but remember lower sugar fruits are a better choice than pizza or candy.
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I wouldn't consider myself a healthy person if I didn't eat veggies or just ate one serving.
I have been working on learning to eat a balanced diet for the past year. Now, it's become a habit to eat veggies with all my meals. I save the fruits for snacks.
A general guideline is to consume 5 servings of fruits and veggies daily.
While a serving of fruit has about 60 calories and 15 grams of carb; a non-starchy veggie serving will contain only 25 calories and about 1-3 carbs.
If someone is going to substitute all fruits for the vegetables; they would need to make substitutions in their other food choices regarding calorie and carb intake---to stay within the desired ranges.
I've learned from the Zone Diet not to overdo it with numerous servings of fruit. You get a more even blood sugar level, which leads to better appetite control if you also include veggies, a moderate amout of protein and a dash of good fat in your meal.
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