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5 Ways to Get Five a Day

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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.