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We all know that eating fruits and veggies is healthy and essential both for good health and to help us lose weight. You want fruits and vegetables that are low calorie yet high in fiber. This is essential for successful weight loss (along with exercising of course).
Both of these foods are packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants which are important to our health. They help us to look and feel our best as well as protect us from diseases. All in all, fruit and vegetables play an essential part in a weight loss diet.
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If you are making Matar Paneer consider adding even more vegetables. They will add to the bulk without giving you extra calories.
Want to see what I mean?
Well, take a meal of grilled chicken and a baked potato topped with butter and cheese, the calorie count is almost 800 calories.
BUT if you eat a smaller portion of chicken and a smaller baked potato with fewer toppings, you can also eat some broccoli, carrots, and a salad for only about 500 calories. Switching to smaller portions and adding veggies allows you to eat more for fewer calories which is a win in my book!
Which Fruit and Veggies Will Help with My Weight Loss Journey?
Essentially, all fruits and vegetables will help you lose weight. Just remember you should eat roughly between 5-10 servings of veggies and fruits each day. Change things up every day, eating different varieties and colors.
All types of fruits and veggies will count toward the 5-10 serving recommendation. That means canned, dried, fresh, frozen, and even juice of fruit and vegetables can help you reach your goal.
Keep in mind that certain veggies and fruits are more filling than others. An apple will fill you up more than drinking a glass of apple juice. Just as eating a dried apricot won’t be as filling as eating a fresh one.
What Counts as a Serving of Fruit or Vegetables?
So you want to eat more veggies and fruit to help you lose weight. The only problem is you don’t know what counts as a single serving.
To help you reach your 5-10 servings of veggies and fruits each day, try the following:
- One apple, banana, pear, or orange
- Two plums or kiwi
- 1/2 cup of chopped, cooked, or canned fruit
- Two tablespoons hummus
- 1/2 cup of other vegetables cooked or raw
- 1/2 a grapefruit or avocado
- One loaded tablespoon of raisins
- Three dried apricots
- 1/2 cup of grapes or berries or cherries
- One cup of leafy greens
- 3/4 cup of fruit or vegetable juice
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.