Nutrition news: need help to quit smoking – up your fruit and veggie intake

The benefits behind a diet full of vegetables and fruits are endless. Scientific journals are reporting everyday on reasons to include more plant foods in your diet.

A study published last week highlighted the importance of vegetables and fruit in those who were trying to quit smoking. For many people wishing to be more healthy quitting smoking can be one of the toughest challenges, so its always good to be aware of how dietary changes can help.

The study found that smokers who consumed the most fruit and vegetables were 3 times more likely to be tobacco free than those consuming the lowest amount of fruit and vegetables during a 14 month period- even after making adjustments for age, gender, health orientation and income, education.

Everyone could benefit from more fruit and vegetables in their diet. An easy way to get your daily quota is having vegetables and fruit as snacks – some celery sticks and almond butter; an apple with some almonds; or cucumber with some home made guacamole. Salads and stir-frys are easy tasty lunch and dinner options that can really elevate your fruit and vegetable intake too. Yum!

carrots - great in salads, soup, stir-frys or as a snack - so many options!

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