Turns out, your mother had it right. You should eat more vegetables. Upping your intake is a smart way to begin when you want the right mix of protein, carbs and fats on your dinner plate.
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People tend to under-eat these cruciferous crunchies, roots, sprouts and leafy lovelies without truly realizing their benefits. Vegetables have it all: They’re low in calories and high in nutrients and fiber. So when you eat more veggies, you simply get more nutritional bang for your buck!
How much is the right amount? Whether you’re munching on asparagus for its antioxidants, fiber and folate or digging into a plate of Brussels sprouts for their cancer-fighting properties, a good rule of thumb is 1/2 cup of cooked or one cup of raw vegetables at any meal.
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