The New Year typically means many of us are trying to stick to our New Years resolution. This year mine is focused on mine and my families health. I want to make sure I am doing everything I can to not only lead a healthy lifestyle but teach my children how to lead a healthy lifestyle. While we eat fruits and vegetables I will admit it’s an area I need to improve on and I’m sure some of you can share this area of improvement with me. So I decided to share a few reasons to eat more fruits and vegetables as a reminder why fruits and vegetables play an important role in our health.
There are tons of reasons to eat more fruits and vegetables and here are a few important reasons to consider adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet.
- Get a natural glow – You’ve heard that eating healthy gives your skin a natural glow right? Veggies actually improve circulation which means more blood flow to your skin’s surface giving your skin that natural glow.
- Help prevent constipation – Okay, nobody wants to talk about constipation, but it happens to the best of us. Did you know that veggies contrail natural fiber which can help keep you regular?
- Give your body a boost – We all need a little extra energy to keep up with our busy lifestyles. Eating your fruits and veggies can give your body that much-needed boost of energy. Between all the fiber, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals in fruits and vegetables your body should feel more energized and ready to handle the day.
- Watching your weight – For all of you who are watching your weight fruits and veggies are great! They are low in fat and calories and loaded with fiber. Plus, fruits are an excellent way to get that sugar that you might be craving without reaching for a candy bar. When I’m craving something sweet, I turn to fruits!
- Lower risk of chronic diseases – Eating more fruits and veggies might just help lower your risk of certain cancers, stroke, and even heart disease. Be sure you are eating plenty of vegetables.
- You can even eat vegetables when you eat out – As long as you choose wisely when you eat out getting fresh veggies shouldn’t be difficult. My husband and I like to meet for lunch at our local SUBWAY because we love their handcrafted sandwich combinations. SUBWAY is the only place in my area that we can create our own custom sandwich or salad which did you know can offer about two extra servings of vegetables to your diet? That’s over 40% of the American Heart Association’s daily recommendation! Is that cool or what?
Did you know that is 2016 SUBWAY and the American Heart Association teamed up and launched +color which is an ongoing initiative to help encourage Americans to eat more fruits and veggies as well as gain a better understanding of their critical health benefits? SUBWAY and the American Heart Association (AHA) want to kick off the New Year off by encouraging everyone to join +color and focus on the positive health impact of fruits and veggies because it’s estimated that if Americans ate the recommended amounts of fruits and vegetables daily there would be about 39,900 deaths prevented from cardiovascular diseases, stroke, and diabetes. There would also be about $7.6 billion in medical costs that could be saved each year.
Since having a diet that is rich in fruits and veggies is shown to reduce the risk of stroke, certain types of cancer and risk of death from all causes SUBWAY, and the American Heart Association are inviting Americans to join in on this awesome transformative effort right now! By adding only one extra cup of color to your diet daily you can improve the health of all Americans?
SUBWAY currently offers 10 varieties of veggies! Yes, that’s right when you visit a SUBWAY in one of 112 countries you’ll have access to a fresh line-up of veggies, everything from cucumbers to green peppers for your delicious made-to-order sandwiches and salads.
SUBWAY was founded 50 years ago, by Fred DeLuca and Dr. Peter Beck and still a family-owned business that currently has more than 44,000 dedicated franchised locations all around the world. You can learn more about SUBWAY by visiting their website at SUBWAY.com.
You can learn more about the +color movement by visiting Heart.org.