With summer right around the corner, now is the time to focus on fruits and vegetables. Make the most of the season with all the healthy options in-season and at your fingertips. Adding Axion will help fill in the gaps and provide added support for optimal health.
Over the years our knowledge of nutrition has evolved. From seven food groups to four, a food wheel to a pyramid. Every few years (five to be exact) the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services publishes Dietary Guidelines focused on disease prevention and health promotion.
The current program (2015–2020) is called MyPlate—a simplified, visual approach to healthy eating patterns. While emphasizing that, “All food and beverage choices matter,” MyPlate focuses on a healthy eating pattern that includes:
- A variety of vegetables from all of the subgroups— dark green, red and orange, legumes (beans and peas), starchy, and other
- Fruits, especially whole fruits
- Grains, at least half of which are whole grains
- Fat-free or low-fat dairy, including milk, yogurt, cheese, and/or fortified soy beverages
- A variety of protein foods, including seafood, lean meats and poultry, eggs, legumes (beans and peas), and nuts, seeds, and soy products.
Focus on Fruits and Veggies
Sometimes it can be difficult to know where to start. Experts don’t often agree on what is best to put in our bodies. There are nutrition plans that limit grains, dairy, and/or meat. And, while the jury may still be out on whether a tomato is a fruit or a vegetable, one thing seems across-the-board consistent: fruits and vegetables are good for us! Everyone seems to agree on that, so let’s focus there for a minute.
According to choosemyplate.gov, Fruits and vegetables should account for half of our diet—about one and a half to two cups of fruit and two to three cups of vegetables. Every. Single. Day. According to data from the CDC in 2017 only 12.2% of Americans are eating the required fruits, and 9.3% eat enough veggies. And just in case you’re wondering about tomatoes, MyPlate clarifies, “In plant biology, a fruit contains the seeds of a plant. Though it is botanically a fruit, tomatoes count toward the Vegetable Group because we eat tomatoes in a similar way to vegetables.” Whew! Slide those over to the veggie category. You’re welcome.
Check out choosemyplate.gov for more information including more specific guidelines, tips, and even quizzes that help you sort out your Britney Spears from asparagus spears. Take a look, do your research, and then adapt to your individual needs. Don’t get overwhelmed; make it work for your body.
Summertime . . . and the Eatin’ Is Easy!
Here’s some good news: We’re headed into summertime! It’s right around the corner. That relaxin’ by the pool, sand in your toes, and sun shining over the green hills feeling. It’s just good for the soul. Summer also means that there’s a plethora of healthy fruits and vegetables in-season and more readily available at your local farmer’s market or grocery store. We’d be willing to bet that those daily intake statistics soar in the sweet season of summer because it’s just easier to get a variety of fresh fruits and veggies in. What are some of your favorites? Start there and then branch out to some new things. Cover your bases, eat your colors, and eat them in a variety of ways—raw, cooked, in a smoothie, however you need to. We recommend planning ahead—chop up vegetables at the beginning of the week and store them in an air-tight container to make them easier to grab and go when you’re running out the door. Or freeze some so they’re ready to go for your next smoothie.
Summer Axion Star
Summer is also full of action movies including superheroes saving earth (again) to exciting car chases. Just like the action stars will take over the big screen, those fruits and vegetables should take over your plate. But, just like the best action movies often have plot holes that we don’t notice (thank you suspended reality), your plate may have some nutritional holes. Enter the unsung hero—Axion, our comprehensive multinutrient that provides essential nutritional support for every cell and function of the body. Axion will help you fill in those gaps and provide you with additional benefits, such as probiotics, digestive enzymes, and improved skin health. Take the guesswork out of your vitamin intake by adding Axion to your fruit and vegetable routine and you’ll have a new reason to love this summer season! Contact your Distributor to learn more or call our ever-vigilant Member Service team at 801.756.8808.