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The Busy Girl's Guide to Eating Right

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The Busy Girl's Guide to Eating Right
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2. THE HEALTH BOOSTER: FILL UP ON PRODUCE

IN A PERFECT WORLD…you have fruits and vegetables at every meal to get the recommended nine servings daily.

IN THE REAL WORLD…long work hours mean produce spoils before you eat it, and the only green thing you consume on a regular basis is the pickle that comes with your deli sandwich.

A HAPPY MEDIUM Veggify your lunch. Trade your turkey and cheese sandwich for a produce-packed salad with turkey and you can effortlessly squeeze five servings of fruits and vegetables into one meal. "That's the bare minimum you should have in a day," says Walter Willett, M.D., the chair of the department of nutrition at the Harvard School of Public Health. "Consume less than that over a period of time and you'll likely become deficient in crucial nutrients, like folic acid."

A serving is smaller than you think—it's 1 cup of raw leafy greens or 1/2 cup of other vegetables or fruit. If you're tired of salad, opt for half a turkey sandwich with sliced avocado and tomato and half a can of vegetable soup, which will provide three servings. You'll reach your goal simply by adding 6 ounces of 100 percent vegetable juice (like low-sodium V8) and a pear.

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