What is the Daily Dozen?
Which foods make up Dr. Michael Greger’s Daily Dozen? What are the elements that you should be considering every day? The Daily Dozen is a list of twelve categories, including foods, vitamins and activity that you should strive to cover each day to live a long and healthy life.
For a quick, high-level description of these twelve fabulous things, please read my Daily Dozen blog post.
Read on to find out more, and please check out Dr. Greger’s book, How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease, for great information on how each of the foods listed below can help you live a long and healthy life.
For recipes that help you check all the boxes on your Daily Dozen checklist each day, look no further than The How Not to Die Cookbook: 100+ Recipes to Help Prevent and Reverse Disease.
Download the free Daily Dozen app to your smartphone to keep track of your progress eating the Daily Dozen throughout the day. Look for it in your app store.
The Daily Dozen Checklist
Beans: 3 servings
¼ cup of hummus or bean dip
½ cup cooked beans, split peas, lentils, tofu or tempeh
1 cup of fresh peas or sprouted lentils
Black beans, black-eyed peas, butter beans, cannellini beans, chickpeas, edamame, English peas, garbanzo beans, great northern beans, kidney beans, lentils (beluga, French and red varieties), miso, navy beans, pinto beans, small red beans, split peas (yellow or green), tempeh
Berries: 1 serving
½ cup fresh or frozen
¼ cup dried
Acai berries, barberries, blackberries, blueberries, cherries (sweet or tart), concord grapes, cranberries, goji berries, kumquats, mulberries, raspberries (black or red), strawberries
Other Fruits: 3 servings
1 medium-sized fruit
1 cup cut-up fruit
¼ cup dried fruit
Apples, dried apricots, avocados, bananas, cantaloupe, clementines, dates, dried figs, grapefruit, honeydew, kiwifruit, lemons, limes, lychees, mangos, nectarines, oranges, papaya, passion fruit, peaches, pears, pineapple, plums (especially black plums), pluots, pomegranates, prunes, tangerines, watermelon,
Cruciferous Vegetables: 1 serving
½ cup chopped
¼ cup Brussels or broccoli sprouts
1 tablespoon horseradish
Arugula, bok choy, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, horseradish, kale (black, green and red), mustard greens, radishes, turnip greens, watercress
Greens: 2 servings
1 cup raw
½ cup cooked
Arugula, beet greens, collard greens, kale (black, green and red), mesclun mix (assorted young salad greens), mustard greens, sorrel, spinach, swiss chard, turnip greens
Other Vegetables: 2 servings
1 cup raw leafy vegetables
½ cup raw or cooked nonleafy vegetables
½ cup vegetable juice
¼ cup dried mushrooms
Artichokes, asparagus, beets, bell peppers, carrots, corn, garlic, mushrooms (button, oyster, portobello and shiitake), okra, onions, pumpkin, purple potatoes, sea vegetables (arame, dulse and nori), snap peas, squash (delicata, summer and spaghetti squash varieties), sweet potatoes/yams, tomatoes, zucchini
How Not to Die by Dr. Michael Greger
Flaxseeds: 1 serving
1 tablespoon ground
Brown flaxseeds, golden flaxseeds
Nuts: 1 serving
¼ cup nuts or seeds
2 tablespoons nut or seed butter
Almonds, brazil nuts, cashews, chia seeds, hazelnuts, hemp seeds, macadamia nuts, pecans, pistachios, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, walnuts
Spices: 1 serving
¼ teaspoon of turmeric
Any other (salt-free) herbs and spices you enjoy
Allspice, barberries, basil, bay leaves, cardamom, chili powder, cilantro, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, cumin, curry powder, dill, fenugreek, garlic, ginger, horseradish, lemongrass, marjoram, mustard powder, nutmeg, oregano, parsley, pepper, peppermint, rosemary, saffron, sage, smoked paprika, thyme, turmeric, vanilla
Whole Grains: 3 servings
½ cup hot cereal or cooked grains, pasta or corn kernels
1 cup cold cereal
1 tortilla or slice of bread
½ bagel or English muffin
3 cups popped popcorn
Barley, brown rice, buckwheat, millet, oats, whole-wheat pasta, popcorn, quinoa, rye, teff, wild rice
Beverages: 5 servings
One glass (12 ounces)
Black tea, chai tea, vanilla chamomile tea, coffee, earl grey tea, green tea, hibiscus tea, hot chocolate, jasmine tea, lemon balm tea, matcha tea, almond blossom oolong tea, peppermint tea, rooibos tea, water, white tea
Exercise: 1 “serving”
90 minutes of moderate-intensity activity
40 minutes of vigorous-intensity activity
Bicycling, canoeing, dancing, dodgeball, downhill skiing, fencing, hiking, housework, ice skating, inline skating, juggling, jumping on a trampoline, paddle boating, playing frisbee, roller skating, shooting baskets, shoveling light snow, skateboarding, snorkeling, surfing, swimming recreationally, tennis (doubles), treading water, walking briskly (4 mph), water aerobics, waterskiing, yard work, yoga, backpacking, basketball, bicycling uphill, circuit weight training, cross-county skiing, football, hockey, jogging, jumping jacks, jumping rope, lacrosse, push-ups, pull-ups, racquetball, rock climbing, rugby, running, scuba diving, tennis (singles), soccer, speed skating, squash, step aerobics, swimming laps, walking briskly uphill, water jogging
Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D are essential for your health but do not count towards your daily servings.
They are included to provide you with an easy way to track your intake.
Remember to download the free Daily Dozen app from your app store to keep track of your progress in each of the twelve areas throughout your day.
The Daily Dozen in Real Life
Check out How Not to Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease by Dr. Michael Greger as well ask his The How Not to Die Cookbook, which will help you check all the Daily Dozen boxes each day.