(So technically, maybe I should be referring to a whole-food, plant- and fungus-based diet, but that just sounds kind of gross.) It seems like every time I come home from the medical library buzzing with some exciting new data, my family rolls their eyes, sighs, and asks, “What can’t we eat now? Why does everything seem to have parsley in it all of a sudden? This evolved, into my Daily Dozen: the checklist of all the things I try to fit into my daily routine.By beans, I mean legumes, which also includes split peas, chickpeas, and lentils.I recommend ninety minutes of moderate-intensity activity each day, such as brisk (four miles per hour) walking forty minutes of vigorous activity (such as jogging or active sports) each day.
The serving size in the beverage category is one glass (twelve ounces), and the recommended five glasses a day is in addition to the water you get naturally from the foods in your diet.You know, while eating a bowl of pea soup or dipping carrots into hummus may not like eating beans, it certainly counts. A serving is defined as a quarter-cup of hummus or bean dip; a half-cup of cooked beans, split peas, lentils, tofu, or tempeh; or a full cup of fresh peas or sprouted lentils.Though peanuts are technically legumes, nutritionally, I’ve grouped them in the Nuts category, just as I would shunt green beans, snap peas, and string beans into the Other Vegetables category.For other fruits, a serving is a medium-sized fruit, a cup of cut-up fruit, or a quarter-cup of dried fruit.Again, I’m using the colloquial rather than the botanical definition; so, I place tomatoes in the Other Vegetables group.
A quarter-cup of nuts is considered a serving, or two tablespoons of nut or seed butters, including peanut butter.