Eat lots of fruit and vegetables. And I mean a lot. Most adults should eat 4-5 servings of fruit a day and 4-5 servings of vegetables a day. That is from the DASH Diet.
I think the DASH diet is great! It was formulated and extensively studied by the National Institute of Health so that is your tax dollar at work. It has been named the best diet by US News and World Report for 8 years! DASH stands for Dietary Approach to Stop Hypertension and it has been shown to effectively lower blood pressure. And not only that, but it can manage and prevent diabetes, is heart healthy, and a healthy eating plan for everyone in the family. Recently, and in fact this week, a study showed that the DASH diet can reduce risk of depression.
Why has the DASH diet chosen as the best diet so many years in a row? Because it is proven to improve health, has a balance of nutritious food groups and it actually works. It is a plant-focused diet, rich in fruits and vegetables, nuts, with low fat and non-fat dairy, lean meats, fish, poultry, mostly whole grains and heart healthy fats.
The DASH Diet Plan can be found here. So, is it even possible to eat that many fruit and vegetables? Won’t you choke? Maybe, but if you start the day with a fruit smoothie and have a large salad as one of your meals or with a meal, you did it. I can’t say I follow the DASH Diet everyday, but I follow it most days and so does Marlo.
Our culture seems to be waking up to the idea of more fruits and vegetables. Lots of recipes are easily available online and there are some really great ones. Dan Barber, a world-renowned chef, has been developing hybrid squash and beets selecting for flavor instead of productivity, uniformity or ability to stand up to shipping. He hopes to sell the seed for his Honeynut squash and Badger Flame beets at Walmart! He wants the seed available to everyone. Reportedly, the squash and the beets taste wonderful and so much better than the usual. Dan Barber foresees children eating beets like we eat carrots. Perhaps our vegetables will get so much better. I hope so.
I would love to hear what you think of this. Please let me know.