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Often I hear “my food bill would go sky high if I bought all the vegetables and fruits that are recommended to be eaten in a day” but it can be done on a budget.
According to the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, a person on a 2,000-calorie diet needs 2 cups of fruit and 2½ cups of vegetables per day or 17½ cups of vegetables and 14 cups of fruit every week. USDA further breaks down vegetables into specific groups which include dark green vegetables (1½ cups), red and orange vegetables (5½ cups), beans and peas (1½ cups), starchy vegetables (5 cups), and other vegetables (4 cups). Fresh, canned, frozen, dried, and 100% juice counts equally toward recommended intakes, although the majority of the recommended fruit should come from whole fruits.
To help, here are some hints to add more vegetables and fruits to your grocery cart without breaking your budget: