Most Americans don't eat the recommended 2-3 cups of vegetables each day. Research has shown that eating more vegetables can lead to a longer lifespan and lower body weight. This naturally low-calorie food group is full of essential vitamins and minerals. To maximize the benefits, eat a variety throughout the week from each of the five subgroups. Note that some vegetables can fall into more than one subgroup. For example, sweet potatoes can be categorized in both the starvchy and the red/orange subgroups. View the handout below for an overview of how to eat a variety of vegetables throughout the week.
For more ways to cook vegetables, check out the Cook Smarts Guide to Cooking Vegetables.
Eat at least one vegetable from each subgroup over the next week. If you already eat lots of vegetables, find a new recipe that includes a new vegetable!