March Madness: Shoot for 5- to-9-a-Day

By: Mr. Food
By: Mr. Food

March Madness: Shoot for 5- to 9-A-Day
Air Date: 3/12/2008
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Generations of moms have been proven right; eating our fruit and veggies is still top priority! And, with March Madness coming soon, instead of serving junk food for game-watching, let’s shoot for healthier snacks off the court too.

The U.S. Department of Health encourages us to increase our intake of fruits and veggies from the old five servings a day to the new goal of between 9 and 13 a day! Sounds like a lot, but it really isn’t, because a typical serving size should fit in the palm of your hand. That’s pretty doable.

The typical American averages about just over four servings of veggies and fruit a day.

Here are some tips we can use to score higher:

  • For munching in front of the TV, serve trail mix that includes dried fruit like apricots, cranberries, apples, raisins and dates. That makes for some really tasty nibbling.

  • Put out raw veggies with a low-fat dip instead of chips and candies.

  • Make a light or low-fat spinach or artichoke spread to get extra servings of veggies.

  • Serve a black bean or corn salsa if you must indulge in chips. And, make sure those chips are baked not fried.

    Remember: Any kind of fresh fruit, even dipped in melted chocolate, counts too!

    Shooting for those new healthy guidelines means we will come out winners as we score a slam dunk!


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