5 A Day: The Better Health Cookbook

5 A Day: The Better Health Cookbook

by Elizabeth Pivonka, Barbara Berry

Imagine if there was a way to: Get the fruits and vegetables you need without effort. Make one simple and delicious meal that provides 100% of the servings you need for an entire day. Incorporate more vegetables into your family meals without their suspecting a thing.

There is!... and it’s all right here in 5 A Day: The Better Health Cookbook.…  See more details below


Imagine if there was a way to: Get the fruits and vegetables you need without effort. Make one simple and delicious meal that provides 100% of the servings you need for an entire day. Incorporate more vegetables into your family meals without their suspecting a thing.

There is!... and it’s all right here in 5 A Day: The Better Health Cookbook.

Fruits and vegetables – whether fresh, canned, dried, or frozen – are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients that help your body fight off a host of health problems. Who wouldn’t jump at the chance to lower cholesterol, lose weight, and protect themselves and their families from diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart diseases? You and your family can start living longer, healthier lives today.

That’s right – eating just 5 servings of colorful, versatile fruits and vegetables can bring you health benefits beyond comparison. And 5 A Day: The Better Health Cookbook shows you just how simple – and delicious! – eating for better health can be. Besides offering you creative, easy-to-make recipes, 5 A Day also gives you lots of ideas for making a small change or addition to an existing recipe to help you reach your 5 a day goal in a snap.

You’ll reap the countless health rewards of a variety of wonderful foods, including Mexican Steak with Fruit Skewers, Crispy Beer-Batter Onion Rings, and Banana-Apple Sherbet. Please your family with Honey-Dijon Chicken, Mediterranean Pasta Salad, and Plumberry Granita. Feast on Grilled Southwestern Shrimp, Cherokee Corn and Beans with Acorn Squash, and Baked Apple Fritters.

Better health is just one mouthwatering meal away. Enjoy every bite!

5 A Day: The Better Health Cookbook includes more than 150 delicious, easy recipes your family will love; at-a-glance fruit and vegetable servings with every recipe; a 7-day menu plan that shows you how easy it is to make healthy food choices; 7 power menus, each packing all your 5 a day needs into one fantastic meal.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Based on the results of a study they conducted, Robinson, who writes in the field of consumer health, and Brown, a specialist of women's medical issues, advocate a solution to alleviate what they call the "body blues." Characterized by such symptoms as weight gain, problems sleeping, fatigue and a decreased interest in sex, this condition, according to the authors, is caused by low serotonin activity. Brown and Robinson describe this as an annoying physiological condition that results from hormonal interactions occurring over a female's lifetime and whose chemical complexities are detailed at length here. Their findings from the controlled study and interviews they conducted with 112 women indicated that the "body blues" could be greatly relieved by a treatment they designed and named the "Levity Program." Consisting of bright light, brisk walking and six vitamins and minerals, these recommendations for mood elevation are drug free and virtually harmless. Walking five times weekly and getting more natural light has been suggested elsewhere by medical providers as beneficial to overall health. The suggested "antidepressant cocktail," a combination of vitamins, is available at any drug or health food store; however, the authors do promote their own all-in-one tablet. This will interest readers of alternative health literature and those who are convinced by the "body blues" theory. (Feb.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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5 A Day: The Better Health Plan

Imagine a scientific discovery that could save 3 to 4 million people a year from developing cancer; that would reduce your risk of heart disease by 40 percent; that could knock out almost half of neural birth defects; that may help eliminate the need for high blood pressure medication, and help control blood sugar naturally. This one amazing development could save us billions of dollars a year in medical costs, lost productivity, and lost lives.

And if this one discovery were available, who wouldn't jump at the chance to get their hands on it?

Here's the good news: This health-protecting marvel has already been discovered, and it's just sitting in your supermarket waiting for you. Walk down the produce aisle, stroll through the frozen food section, and take a look at the endless rows of canned goods. That's right--this wonder-discovery is (are you ready?) plain old fruits and vegetables. Eating 5 or more servings of produce a day will help you reap a host of health benefits--and much, much more.

The fruits and vegetables that fill our supermarkets and farm markets are overflowing with health-protecting nutrients. They're full of vitamins and minerals that keep your body strong and ward off illness and disease. They're packed with antioxidants, chemicals that protect you from free radicals-- substances in your body that go around causing the cell damage that may cause cancer, heart disease, cataracts, and other health problems. They also contain phytonutrients, natural plant supplements that work with vitamins, minerals, and fiber to protect against disease. Add all this to the fact that fruits and vegetables are one of the top sources of dietary fiber--which can do everything from helping lower your cholesterol and control your blood sugar to preventing gastrointestinal problems and helping you lose weight--and you'll realize that no other food or supplement can even touch the prevention and healing power of fruits and vegetables.

If that's not enough, consider some other reasons to strive to get more fruits and vegetables in your daily diet:

It's easy. Eat 5 or more servings a day--that's it. Nothing more to it. (And a serving size is smaller than you think! Check out "What Is a Serving?" on page 14.) No hidden costs, agendas, commitments, or number crunching, and there's no fine print to read. It couldn't get any more basic or simple. Yet, from this one easy change in your lifestyle, you'll receive endless benefits, from having more energy to gaining a top defense against a host of diseases.

It's fun. Eating 5 or more servings a day gets you to try new foods, experiment with new cooking styles and techniques, and cook up new recipes. You'll open yourself up to a whole new world of colors, textures, tastes, and smells. There's no hard work here, just having fun choosing, preparing, and eating all the fruits and vegetables you like.

It's delicious. What better way to protect your health than by tasting some of the best food nature has to offer? Whether you enjoy each fruit or vegetable in its natural goodness or use them as part of mouthwatering recipes, you can't find a tastier way to protect your well-being.

It's inexpensive. While some may say that fruits and vegetables are a bit pricey, compare them with the cost of supplements, medications, and medical bills. It's possibly the cheapest form of proven health protection out there. When you measure up the health benefits you get from eating 5 or more servings a day, the worth of produce is immeasurable.

With the Produce for Better Health Foundation's 5 A Day: The Better Health Cookbook, eating 5 or more servings a day is even more fun, more delicious, more inexpensive, and easier than ever! It's packed with more than 150 recipes that have received the Produce for Better Health 5 A Day Stamp of Approval. That means each recipe has at least 1 serving of a fruit or vegetable, and is low in fat, cholesterol, and sodium--helping you reach the all-important health goal of 5 or more servings a day.

The History of 5 A Day

This cookbook is part of the 5 A Day for Better Health program--an initiative to increase consumer awareness of the importance of eating fruits and vegetables and to provide information on how to turn these recommendations into dietary practices. The 5 A Day program, cosponsored by the Produce for Better Health Foundation and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), is the nation's largest public/private partnership and the largest-ever nutrition education initiative. The program's goal is to get all Americans to eat a minimum of 5 servings each day to decrease disease risk. Reaching that goal could have a massive impact on protecting your and your family's health.

The Produce for Better Health Foundation is an educational nonprofit association that seeks to improve the health of all Americans through increased produce comsumption partnerships among the health community, government agencies, the fruit and vegetable industry, and the private sector.

The 5 A Day wave started in California in 1988. Research was mounting, explaining how eating more fruits and vegetables could protect people from an entire list of health problems. Knowing that residents weren't eating enough produce--estimates were around only 2.5 servings a day--the State of California Department of Health Services with a grant from NCI developed the California 5 A Day program to educate people about the need to eat 5 or more servings a day.

Why 5? Based on the scientific literature, experts determined that 5 servings was the minimum needed to provide the full range of health benefits and to get adequate amounts of important nutrients such as folic acid. If people could strive for 5, they in effect would practically double fruit and vegetable consumption.

Just as important, the experts chose 5 because it was a reasonable number, easily attainable for the average person, and therefore, it was more likely that people would be successful.

California's initiative proved so successful that it was decided to bring the 5 A Day message to the entire nation. So in 1991, the Produce for Better Health Foundation was formed with the intent to educate people about the health benefits of eating fruits and vegetables. Working with the NCI and the original California program, the Foundation created the national 5 A Day for Better Health program.

Today, more than 1,800 organizations promote the 5 A Day campaign, including the Centers for Disease Control, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the American Dietetic Association, and the National Alliance for Nutrition and Activity. The foundation also works with health officials on the importance of placing fruits and vegetables first in the nation's nutrition policies.

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Meet the Author

Elizabeth Pivonka, R.D., Ph.D., is the president of the Produce for Better Health Foundation, America's leading produce educational foundation. She has been integrally involved with all aspects of the 5 A Day program at the national level since its inception in 1991.

Barbara Berry, M.S., R.D., is vice president of programs for the Foundation. She oversees the Foundation's education, marketing, communication, and research programs.

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