Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Portion Control: Leafy Greens
Tuesday's tip: A proper serving of leafy vegetables like kale, lettuce, swiss chard, green cabbage or spinach is 1 cup. If you cook or steam these vegetables, the serving size is 1/2 cup. A serving of crunchy vegetables—carrots, broccoli, bell pepper, celery, cauliflower, brussel sprouts, cucumber, zucchini—is 1/2 cup.
Your daily intake of both leafy and crunchy vegetables is 2 to 6 servings. This might seem like a lot of food, but when you measure your portions you will see that you might already be consuming this many servings. A diet rich in vegetables is nutrient dense, good for your digestion and immune system.