It seems everywhere you turn health and wellness experts are telling you to eat more fruits and vegetables.
Yes, they’re full of nutrition (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fibre, etc.).
Yes, people who eat more fruits and vegetables live longer, healthier lives. Not to mention protecting their bodies and minds from just about every chronic disease out there.
Yes, eating more vegetables can help you maintain a healthy body weight, and even lose some fat (as long as you don’t bread and fry them, or cover them with cream sauce).
Your question is not “Should I eat more fruits and vegetables,” but “How can I actually do it?”
Believe me, as a health and fitness I talk about this a lot, so I’m full of amazing, creative and delicious ways to help you eat more fruits and veggies.
Before we dive in, always start from where you are. If you’re not used to any fruits or veggies, try for just two a day and build up from there. Don’t get overwhelmed thinking you need to overhaul your entire diet in one day. Wherever you’re at now, I challenge you to increase it by two per day.
So HOW can you add more fruits and vegetables to your diet?
Sneak Them Into Other Dishes!
Just like my parents did when I was a kid (as if I wouldn’t notice!)
I know it’s kind of obvious but hear me out…
Some dishes are really easy to enhance with a bit of strategically placed greens, but, what do you think of these ideas?
- Add ½ apple, a small handful of spinach, or extra berries into your smoothie.
- Dice or shred up an extra bit of carrot, broccoli, courgette or pepper into your soup.
- Love sandwiches? Why not with the bread for lettuce leaves and add extra tomato, beetroot or cucumber to it?
- How about chicken, tuna, or salmon salad? Dice up a stalk of celery and throw it in.
- Love to bake? How about substituting ¼ cup of the sugar for ¼ cup of unsweetened applesauce?
- Used to having a small salad? Why not try a larger one?
- Making tomato sauce? Add in some extra mushrooms or peppers.
Make Them Taste More Delicious With A Meal
Steam some frozen corn and add a touch of olive oil and your favourite herb or spice.
Don’t be afraid to spice them up! Try sauteing them for 10 minutes with a drizzle of oil and flavour them with pepper, garlic, ginger or cumin.
Opting For Them As Snacks
Why not throw a banana, apple or a satsuma into your lunch bag?
Ditch the Doritos and dip – Instead try some carrot, celery, broccoli, cucumber or cauliflower with a dip like hummous, guacamole, or even your favourite salad dressing?
Love sweetened yogurt? Buy plain, and immerse it with fresh or frozen berries and a dash of honey.
Take two of these suggestions and try them tomorrow. Just add two more fruits and veggies to the number you’re at today. Two more.
And if you’re not an instant fan, well, try again. Research shows that sometimes it takes our taste buds several tries before actually beginning to like a new flavour. Try it; you might just find some new faves.
You can do it!
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