Food Groups - Vegetables
Food Groups Continued...
are the next group discussed in this series of articles.
the different types of veggies you should be eating.
You will also find a table that displays the amount of these foods you
should eat each day for your gender and age group.
These portions are based on the MyPlate concept and no longer based on
the food pyramid.
goup should make up approximately slightly more than 1/4 of your plate.
This is easier to do for lunch and dinner, but can be more of a
challenge for breakfast.
Keep in mind that vegetable juices will also count for your portions.
items you include with the main items, for example an omelette,
casserole, etc., will also count for the required amounts.
are broken down into 5 different groups.
These include dark green
veggies, starchy, red & orange and other vegetables as well as
beans and peas.
You should have slightly more than 1/4 of your plate filled for this
Getting a variety of these types of veggies is
what you want to aim for. Not only does a variety keep your meals from
getting boring, you will get lots of different flavors.
The different types of veggies also offers a variety in mineral and
Here are some examples for each of the
different vegetable groups.
Dark Green Leafy Lettuce
Green Lima Beans
& Orange Veggies
So what's the recommended serving size for you? Take a look below for
recommendations by group and age.
These are based on less than 30
minutes of moderate activity (above what activity you do from a daily
So if you get more activity, you might need to increase your
serving size for this food group.
Here's more on the recommended portion sizes based on the food pyramid food
Fruits and Veggies
Eating your fruits and veggies versus drinking them can give you more
nutrients for the calories. Read this article to understand why eating versus drinking fruits and
vegetables is healthier.
If you are a diabetic, then be sure to check out this food pyramid. Understanding which foods to eat from which group and how much can help
you control your diabetes.
Salad - Or Is It?
Salads are packed full of healthy items like your vegetables, lean
meats and more. But there is a point when all the extras get piled on that the salad is
not so healthy.