Question About Healthy And Balanced Diet

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Asked by Kalkkuna

Question About Healthy And Balanced Diet

As a poor student my diet is pretty unvaried. I mostly eat rice, chicken and ramen. Which leaves me pretty low on vitamins and other important nutrients i think. But I've been buying a bunch of lettuce every couple of days to eat as a healthy snack. So my question is, is eating lettuce enough for my vitamin and nutrient needs?

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Thank you for your question. If you do not have variety in your diet from all food groups, it's likely that you are not getting adequate vitamins, minerals, and nutrients. Adding fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet is a great way to add vitamins and minerals to your diet. Lean sources of protein are also important for proper nutrition. If you purchase lettuce, look for the dark green varieties (like baby spinach), since they contain more vitamins. You may want to talk to a registered dietitian who can help you create a healthy menu plan individualized to your unique needs while staying within your budget. Frozen vegetables are a great option if produce is expensive in your local grocery store, particularly during the winter months. Talk to your primary care provider to see if vitamin and mineral supplementation is right for you.

Answered by Carmen Roberts, M.S., R.D., L.D.N.