By Dr. Brian McDonough

By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – I often make the point that it is important to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, but it doesn’t have to be a major lifestyle change. Try to have at least one serving with each meal.

Some ideas: If you don’t normally eat many fruits and veggies, top your cereal with fresh berries or bananas; Order vegetables on your sandwich; add celery or other vegetables to a stew or sauce; have fruit for dessert to satisfy your sweet tooth instead of baked goods or ice cream.

These make the transition really easy. It is just common sense.

By the way, it helps to know what you are buying. Get in the habit of looking at the nutrition label on packaged foods. You may be surprised at just how much sodium or fat some packaged foods contain.

By checking the label, you can be more aware of what you’re eating and make better choices.