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Leafy greens are loaded with fiber, folate, potassium, iron, magnesium, calcium, lutein, phytochemicals and vitamins A, C and K.

Broccoli contains some A, C , B6 and some potassium. Depending on if you are eating it raw (the highest content of vitamins) or cooked (which lessens the content).

As far as fruits go...fruit helps ward off chronic conditions. Fruits also reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and kidney disease including kidney stones.
Depending on the type of fruit you eat, it can include the fiber your body needs (apples and pears) or the citrus your body needs (which gives your body free radicals) and can help the absorption of iron in your nutrients; necessary for the body. 2 cups of fruit are suggested per day.

Bananas have potassium, which are especially important for muscle recovery; especially if you work out. Red grapes contain Resveratrol which is important for heart health including the risk of heart attack and high blood pressure.

There are a million reasons to add variety to your diet! Only you can figure out how to best do this.
Remember to get your blood work done once a year and find out if you are deficient in any vitamins or minerals- this will give you a great place to start!
[QUOTE=MSNik;5448962]Leafy greens are loaded with fiber, folate, potassium, iron, magnesium, calcium, lutein, phytochemicals and vitamins A, C and K.

Broccoli contains some A, C , B6 and some potassium. Depending on if you are eating it raw (the highest content of vitamins) or cooked (which lessens the content).

As far as fruits go...fruit helps ward off chronic conditions. Fruits also reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and kidney disease including kidney stones.
Depending on the type of fruit you eat, it can include the fiber your body needs (apples and pears) or the citrus your body needs (which gives your body free radicals) and can help the absorption of iron in your nutrients; necessary for the body. 2 cups of fruit are suggested per day.

Bananas have potassium, which are especially important for muscle recovery; especially if you work out. Red grapes contain Resveratrol which is important for heart health including the risk of heart attack and high blood pressure.

There are a million reasons to add variety to your diet! Only you can figure out how to best do this.
Remember to get your blood work done once a year and find out if you are deficient in any vitamins or minerals- this will give you a great place to start![/QUOTE]

Blood work once a year was a good idea. Do you have like a list with things that you tend to get checked up?

My thread was partly written because I am not sure what the government means when they recommend a "variert" (meaning varied) diet.

A diet consisting of new things every day: cheesedoodles, Wheetos, burgers, pizza, taco, chips, popcorn, chocolate, soda, etc. etc. etc. would definetely be varied, but it wouldn't be balanced.

So I am not sure what they in fact mean when they say the diet needs to be "variert".

If I can eat the same thing every day, and not shake it up, that would save me much time and decision fatigue.





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