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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

How many foods should you eat from each food group?

I was wondering if you could tell me how many foods I should eat from each food group while on Weight Watchers. I know how many points I am supposed to use each day but wondered if I am eating too many whole grains and not enough fruits/veggies. Any help would be appreciated!

According to Weight Watchers, this is what you should be eating each day:
  • 6 Glasses of Water a Day
  • 5 Servings of Fruits and Vegetables a Day
  • 2 Servings of Fat Free or 1% Milk Products (over 50 and teens should have 3 servings)
  • Healthy Oil (olive oil, flaxseed, canola, nuts, salmon, etc.)
  • 1-2 servings of Protein Each Day (meat, poultry, fish, eggs, beans, soy, etc.)
  • Multi-Vitamin/Mineral Supplement

Incorporating fruits and vegetables in your diet is not hard. I like to keep a bowl of fruit in my kitchen. When I'm hungry for a snack, grabbing a peach or an apple is a much better alternative to chips or cookies and it's very portable. I throw a banana in my bag so when I go to work and the hunger bug bites, I'm happy to have a healthy snack option with me. To add more fruit to your diet, try adding some berries to your yogurt, fresh fruit to your salads or salsas, make fruit filled crepes, add fruit to your pancakes or make a smoothie in the morning. To get more vegetables in your day, cut up your favorites and add them to your omelets, soups, rice, pasta dishes and stir-fries. And don't forget to drink your water. So important!!