We all know that we should be eating more fruits and vegetables (even though we might not always do it).
It is one of the best ways to support good health, prevent disease, and to help us lose weight.
Here are some simple tips for getting more fruit and veggies into your daily diet…
- Add extra veggies to your regular sandwich. Consider adding sprouts, sliced bell pepper, tomato or cucumber slices (so much tastier than just a piece of lettuce).
- Make a healthy smoothie. Combine low fat or non fat Greek yogurt with skim milk, half a banana, and your favorite frozen berries (available any time of year).
- Love pizza? Try adding extra vegetables as pizza toppings. Almost anything goes: spinach, bell peppers, onion, mushrooms, zucchini, etc. Try creating new and delicious combinations.
- Keep a stocked fruit bowl on the kitchen counter. If you have fresh fruit readily available, you are much more likely to grab it for a healthy snack.
- Make a veggie omelet. Combine broccoli, carrots, peppers, tomatoes, or scallions into your omelet with some reduced-fat cheddar cheese.
- Use applesauce or other fruit puree as a replacement for some of the oil when you are baking. This is a terrific way to get more fruit, and to make your baked goods extra moist and delicious.
- Keep the freezer stocked with frozen veggies. Many frozen vegetables are frozen right after picking, and are just as healthy as their fresh counterparts. If you have them on hand, it is easy to add some into soups, or use them for a simple side.
- Get grilling! Make colorful and delicious vegetable kabobs as sides when you are cooking on the grill. Or, try grilling fruit (really). Fresh pineapple, peaches, plums, and even bananas taste fantastic when grilled.
- Have fruit for dessert. If you are craving something sweet, try making a healthy fruit-based dessert. Try a dipping banana pieces into a bit of melted dark chocolate and then freezing them for a luscious treat. Or, slice and apple and enjoy it with a little bit of vanilla yogurt and a sprinkle of cinnamon.
- Try adding grated or chopped vegetables into your regular meals. This can be delicious in pasta sauce, soups, stir-fry, or even in mashed potatoes.