When most people think of carbohydrates they think of things like bread, pasta, potatoes and the like. These are not the only carbohydrates. Fruits and vegetables are what we call complex carbohydrates. They are essential for our health for so many reasons.

I am sure you’ve heard that the minimum requirement is 5 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Most everyone, me included, fall short of this worthy goal. We could actually double those five servings and reap more health benefits.

Fruits and vegetables are packed with essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, and disease-fighting phytochemicals. Because of this, eating plenty of fruits and vegetables everyday can help reduce your risk of cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease!

If you are trying to lose weight then a diet full of fruits and vegetables in key. They are loaded with fiber, low in calories and high in water, all important factors in weight loss. You can also eat pretty much as much as you want of them which helps starve off cravings and hunger.

Plus our busy lives require that our food energizes us and balances our blood sugar so we don’t feel fatigued and struggle through the day. Having quick and easy snacks are so important and the best source is a fiber rich vegetable like carrots or snap peas. So much better for you than grabbing a candy bar!

It is also super important to teach your children at an early age the importance of these complex carbohydrates by introducing them to healthy snacks verses something like gold fish or cookies.

So if you find yourself feeling sluggish, constipated, foggy brain and just down right lousy it might be what you are NOT eating!

If you are finding it hard to get your fruits and vegetable daily requirement in you can always substitute with something like Nourishing Greens from Apex Energetics. You can get a lot of the same phytochemicals and vitamins but you will still miss out on the excellent fiber source of fresh fruits and vegetables.

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