What counts as a serving of vegetables?

What counts as a serving of vegetables?

One serving of vegetables is equal to:

  • ½ cup of fresh, frozen or canned vegetables
  • 1 cup of leafy greens (salad)
  • ½ cup of vegetable juice

How many servings of vegetables do I need in a day?
What kind of vegetables should I eat?
What are some easy ways to eat more vegetables?

One serving or one cup of leafy greens is about the size of a baseball.

Printable portion size guide (wallet size)
Printable portion size guide (regular size)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture: Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2005.

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