How to Get Five Servings of Vegetable a Day

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Eating five servings of vegetables each day is not as hard as you might think! Here’s what counts as a serving:

  • 1 cup of lettuce or raw spinach (about the size of a baseball)

  • 1 cup of coleslaw

  • 1/2 cup of cooked vegetables  (about the size of an ice cream scoop)

  • 6 baby carrots or radishes

  • 1 large stalk of celery

  • 1 small can tomato or vegetable juice

  • 1/2 green pepper

  • 1/2 cup of spaghetti sauce or salsa

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About the Author

Monica Reinagel, MS, LD/N, CNS

Monica Reinagel is a board-certified licensed nutritionist, author, and the creator of one of iTunes' most highly ranked health and fitness podcasts. Her advice is regularly featured on the TODAY show, Dr. Oz, NPR, and in the nation's leading newspapers, magazines, and websites. Do you have a nutrition question? Call the Nutrition Diva listener line at 443-961-6206. Your question could be featured on the show. 

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