It’s no secret that vegetables and fruits are good for you but many of us still fall short in getting our daily dose. Phytonutrients, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, high fibre, the benefits are undeniable. The USDA recommends consuming at least 5 cups of vegetables and fruit each day for optimal health. Whether you cook at home or eat out, try these easy ways to sneak more colorful, nutritious and delicious vegetables and fruits into your snacks and meals (even breakfast).
Here’s how to eat more fruit and vegetables :
- Breakfast Boost – Is your breakfast barren of veggies and fruits? Let’s change that. Try these ideas, add fresh berries to your cereals, stir pumpkin puree in your morning oats, spread avocado on your toast, add chopped greens to your eggs.
- Double Up – Following your favourite recipe? Make it a habit to double the amount of vegetables called for in the ingredients. Try this with soups, stews, pasta dishes and stir-fries.
- Snack Attack – Searching for the perfect snack? Try these. Munch of some carrots or celery with hummus or a white bean spray. Want something sweet? Spread apple or pear slices with almond butter.
- Smoothie Love – You can pack a big veggie punch in a smoothie! Try adding more vegetables like leafy greens, cucumber, zucchini, celery, carrots, and beets. Include blueberries, blackberries or dark cherries to disguise the green for your picky eaters.
- Be Adventurous – Stuck in a veggie rut? There are so many vegetables to explore. Commit to trying one new vegetables a week. Research recipes, talk to local farmers and get your kids involved by having them help pick out the veggie of the week.