5 Ways to Get Five a Day


If you train, work and play hard, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. Daily stresses can cause chronic inflammation, and eating five or more servings can lessen it, according to a Spanish study published in the May 2010 issue of Nutrition & Metabolism. Use these suggestions to pump up your produce consumption:

• Add a half cup of berries to your morning oatmeal.

• Make one meal a hearty salad, made up of a dark green lettuce and at least three other fruits or vegetables.

• Eat a piece of fruit with your protein shake before workouts.

• Serve up your lean protein with two different types of steamed vegetables.

• Vow to eat produce each time you eat; a half cup or one piece counts as one serving.