How to eat more fruits and veggies, an easy guide.
I love fruits and vegetables, don't you? I love the colors, the tastes and smells. They really appeal to my senses. I love nothing more than going to a farmers market and just looking at all the wonderful goodness to be had in every shape, size, color and smell! It just appeals to me on so many levels.
With that said, sometimes it seems hard to get more fruits and veggies in our diets. Sometimes it's just plain easier to have a piece of toast or a slice of bacon. Most American's do not consume the recommended daily amount of their fruits and vegetables. I for one, am trying to make sure that I and my kids get more fruits and vegetables in our diets. I want them to have natural sources of rich vitamins and minerals if at all possible. Please also look for organic when you can. Sometimes it is easy to grow some of your own fruits and veggies too so you know that they are clean and free of pesticides. Let's take a look at some easy ways that you can get more fruits and veggies in your daily meals or snacks.
At breakfast there are so many ways that you can increase your fruit and veggie consumption, it's really quite easy so give it a shot today!
- Try adding fruit to your cereal or oatmeal.
- If you are making potatoes, throw some veggies in like spinach, onions, peppers, kale, etc.
- Omelets can be loaded with veggies. We like to put onions, peppers, spinach, tomatoes, olives, mushrooms, avocados, etc in our homemade omelets.
- Green smoothies. Green smoothies are by far one of our go to favorite breakfast meals when we are in a hurry. Just throw it all in a blender and you have a delicious, and healthy breakfast. I try to be careful and limit the fruit to no more than a cup of the smoothie. In our breakfast smoothies, we put spinach, kale, chia seeds and a brazil nut for each person who is consuming the smoothie. Then we change up the flavor by changing if we put in berries, bananas, pineapple, etc. Check the recipe section for lots of green smoothie recipes.
- Just eating a grapefruit, or melon along with some wheat toast is quite yummy too!
- Try putting some fruit on some coconut milk yogurt. It is to die for!
Sometimes hunger just kind of sneaks up on you. It seems like you just need to eat the closest thing to you as soon as possible! That doesn't lend well to my healthy eating. I have found that if I can have some ideas in mind on snacks before hunger strikes I am much better off.
Here are some of my favorite snack ideas.
- Have grapes washed and individually portioned, read to eat!
- Either buy baby carrots or prepare carrots in sticks so they are ready when hunger strikes.
- Peanut butter on celery and apple slices are a healthy, protein packed snack that is quick and easy to get ready.
- How about just keeping an apple nearby so when hunger strikes you are ready?
- Dried fruits and nuts/trail mix is a fun, handy healthy snack too. Just be sure to read the labels to make sure there isn't a bunch of added sugar.
Lunch and Dinner
- The best advice I could give you is to eat a giant salad every day for atleast one of the meals. Fill it full of all the fruits and veggies you love. Including sprouts will really boost the nutritional intake. This is a great place to add lots of different leafy greens, cucumbers, tomatoes, celery, mushrooms, peppers, radishes, carrot strips, peas, etc. You can also take your salad in a different way and put fruits on it. Both are equally delicious and your body will thank you!
- If you are making pizza, or mom's favorite casserole and even soups, consider doubling or tripling the amount of veggies called for.
- If you are making a sandwich, don't forget to add the veggies in it. Fill the sandwich as full as you can with veggies.
- If you are making your own sauces, don't be afraid to experiment with veggies. When I make my own pasta sauce, I throw tons of different veggies in there to cook. Then, I blend it all up so my kids have no idea. I feel happy that they got a few extra nutrients and my kids are none the wiser!
- Go meatless Monday. Instead of meat, add lots of beans. Mexican is one of our favorites and it is also very easy to go meatless and get lots of veggies.
Another fun idea is when you see something new at the grocery store, try it! Once in awhile my store has some exotic fruits and it is really fun to give them a try! You never know, you might just find your new favorite food.
I think it is inmate in all of us to want to try to be a little healthier and take care of our bodies. Try some of these little tips and let us know what you think! If you have any tips, please feel free to drop us a line in the comments. We would love to hear from our readers.