There are many benefits to adding more vegetables to your diet. Aside from the nutritional punch they pack, they’re also low calorie and a good source of fiber, which can help to fill you up, without filling you out. In addition, vegetables may offer protection against many diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, obesity and certain types of cancers.
With spring in full bloom, there are plenty of vegetables in season to include on your plate. When shopping for produce, make it a point to choose a variety of brightly colored vegetables each week; think red, yellow, orange and green. Start with vegetables that you are familiar with and as you become comfortable, add more variety. The current US dietary guidelines recommend consuming 2 to 2 ½ cups of veggies per day. Here are some simple ways you can get that much and more every day: