Eating Well As You Get Older
Frequently Asked Questions
5. How many vegetables should I aim for every day? Which ones should I have?
A person who eats 2,000 calories daily should have 2 ½ cups of vegetables a day. This might include a half-cup each of broccoli, tomatoes, cauliflower, and a sweet potato. Aim for lots of color on your plate as a way to get a variety of vegetables each day.
Vegetables contain lots of vitamins, minerals, fiber, and other substances important for good health. Plus, most are low in fat and calories. Broccoli, spinach, turnip and collard greens, and other dark leafy greens are good choices. You might also choose red and orange vegetables, such as tomatoes, carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin,red peppers or winter squash. Vegetables may be purchased raw or cooked, frozen, canned, or dried/dehydrated. They may be eaten whole, cut-up, or mashed.