Q: How many servings of fruits & vegetables do you recommend eating daily?
A: Fruits and vegetables have many benefits to your body. They are a good source of complex carbohydrates, full of minerals, vitamins, fiber, and water.
I recommend 3-5 (preferably closer to 5) servings of fruit a day. My recommendation for vegetables is 5-7 servings a day.
Remember that it really has to do with how you prepare your fruits and vegetables and what you add to them, that makes the big difference in the benefits of them.
Eating them raw is almost always best, as far as nutrients go. When you cook certain fruits and vegetables, they can lose their nutritional value. If you do cook your vegetables, quickly steam, or roast for a short while. Avoid boiling vegetables, because they lose many of their nutrients when boiled.
Not all fruits are created equal. Avocados for example are high in fat, and I don't recommend having more than 1 avocado a day. Bananas have a lot of natural fruit sugars, and I don't recommend having more than 1 a day.
Mix it up, have a variety of different fruits and vegetables, experiment with them. Look up new recipes, try different dishes, dips, and dressings.
Fruits and vegetables are an excellent addition to a very well rounded, healthy diet.