What 100 cals in fruit looks like.
Instead of a high-calorie snack from a vending machine, bring some cut-up vegetables or fruit from home. One snack-sized bag of corn chips (1 ounce) has the same number of calories as a small apple, 1 cup of whole strawberries, AND 1 cup of carrots with 1/4 cup of low-calorie dip. Substitute one or two of these options for the chips, and you will have a satisfying snack with fewer calories.
Remember: Substitution is the key.
It’s true that fruits and vegetables are lower in calories than many other foods, but they do contain some calories. If you start eating fruits and vegetables in addition to what you usually eat, you are adding calories and may gain weight. The key is substitution. Eat fruits and vegetables instead of some other higher-calorie food.
Take a good look at your dinner plate. Vegetables, fruit, and whole grains should take up the largest portion of your plate. If they do not, replace some of the meat, cheese, white pasta, or rice with legumes, steamed broccoli, asparagus, greens, or another favorite vegetable. This will reduce the total calories in your meal without reducing the amount of food you eat. BUT remember to use a normal- or small-size plate— not a platter.The total number of calories that you eat counts, even if a good proportion of them come from fruits and vegetables.
Fruits and Vegetables will make you feel good and keep you from getting sick!
Fruits and vegetables have nutrients that make your body feel good and keep you from getting sick. The nutrients in fruits and vegetables consist of vitamins such as vitamins A, C, and E, which work to protect the body by supporting our immune system. In other words, with these vitamins the body has a better chance of fighting off illness causing viruses! In addition, riboflavin, folic acid, and vitamin K keep your heart and blood healthy, and potassium keeps muscles working well. All these nutrients keep the body looking healthy too! Fruits and vegetables are good for your skin and keep your hair shiny! Fruits and vegetables also provide fiber. The body receives numerous benefits when fiber is consumed. Benefits include preventing constipation, helping you feel full, helping to regulate blood sugar levels, supporting a healthy heart, and reducing the risk for colon cancer.
Taken from SkinnyAddiction