A high intake of fruits and vegetables everyday can help in maintaining health and reducing your risk for heart disease. Fruit and veggies are loaded with healthy fibres, vitamins, minerals, and low in fats overall. The average person needs between 7-10 servings in a day (7-8 for an adult woman and 8-10 for an adult man).
I know this seems like a big number but break it down a little for yourself: One serving of vegetables or fruit is about 1/2 a cup and the usual rule of thumb is 1/2 of your servings should be from fruit and 1/2 should be from vegetables. Keep in mind if it's a leafy raw green you have to double the serving size for it to count as one serving (they take up a lot more space).
Getting your vegetables however you can is important, be it on a sandwich, in a soup, in a salad or as part of a main dish. Many people find it hard to get enough servings and will try to increase their intake by having juices or smoothies.
I've talked previously in posts about the downfalls of juices, but I thought I'd touch on it again.
Blending is better than juicing. When you juice fruits or veggies, you take away all the fibre and a good portion of the minerals. If you are buying it in a store, it also often has added salt. At least when you blend fruits and veggies you are keeping the fibre in it and most of the added benefits.
Keep in mind, blending still concentrates things quite a bit and if you are adding lots of other calorie dense items like yogurt, honey or protein powder, you may be
packing away more calories than you think and making it harder to maintain your