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 :
- Pile It On – Consider replacing pasta, rice, and potatoes with vegetables instead. That’s right. Try a heaping plate of sautéed greens, cauliflower rice, mashed sweet potatoes, pureed parsnips, or broccoli mash. These are all beautiful bases for your meals.
- Shred Them Up – Sometimes changing the texture and size of your veggies does the trick for upping the volume. Add shredded zucchini, carrots, or beets to pasta dishes, breads, cakes, and cookies. Vegetables in your dessert? Why Not!
- Sassy Sauces – Sauce can make the meal and veggies can make the sauce. Blend all sorts of veggies into tasty sauces for pasta, rice, or to top other veggies. Artichokes, greens, sweet potatoes, zucchini and butternut squash are all sassy sauce additions.
- Souper Soups – Make simple blended soups with root vegetables like carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes, and turnips. And make it a habit to add shredded greens like spinach, kale or collards to all of your soups (even if they aren’t homemade).
- Prep Party – Pick a day to wash and cut all of your veggies. Making a veggie-packed meal feels much less daunting when you can reach in the fridge and grab veggies that are already prepped.