The easiest way to get vegetables: V8


low sodium v8We’ve all heard that we need 5 or more servings of fruits or vegetables a day. I used to think fruit juice was a great way to sneak in a serving or two of fruits, but it turns out they are very high in sugar and not a good option.

A much better choice, it turns out, is V8. However, the downside of V8 is its high sodium content. This is easily solved however, if you purchase the low-sodium version of V8. 8 ounces of low-sodium V8 provides you with two servings of vegetables, so if you have a glass every morning, you’re already 40% of your way to meeting your daily requirement of fruits and veggies.

The other quick and easy way I like to get some veggies is by eating mashed potatoes. I like to buy the instant kind offered by Whole Foods (the brand is called 365) because it contains no preservatives. I did find, however, that if you follow the directions, the potatoes end up being too mushy. For this reason, you’ll have to experiment a bit to find the right consistency for the potatoes.

If you have other ideas of meeting the daily requirement of vegetable servings, do let me know! For more information on healthy eating, check out my post about vegetarianism.