By: Mission Healthy Living
July 04, 2019
The tried-and-true practice of eating well to improve physical health is already well-documented. What isn’t talked about as much is how proper nutrition can also positively affect mental well-being.
According to one recent study, “eating just one serving of produce daily had the same effect on mental well-being as eight extra days of walking at least 10 minutes per month.”
Now, it should be noted that eating just one serving of fruits or vegetables is not ideal. According to Health.gov, someone eating 2,000 calories a day should consume 2½ cups of vegetables and 2 cups of fruit a day.
If you’re not hitting your produce goals, here are some ways to add another serving to your existing dishes:
- If you’re making eggs for breakfast, use spinach, onions, or mushrooms in place of one of your eggs.
- Add apples or applesauce to pork dishes—especially pork chops!
- Add fresh fruit to your cereal (not dried or freeze dried).
- Add broccoli or carrots to pasta dishes in addition to sauce.
If you need a good resource for healthy eating, Nutrition.gov is an ideal place to start.