We all know that we need to eat more fruits and vegetables each day, but that’s not always the easiest thing to do. Adding more fruits and vegetables into our daily eating habits will help us out in several ways. I know sometimes fruits and veggies don’t always sound like the most appealing thing to eat, but we need to try and find ways to incorporate them into our meals more often. Here are a few simple tips of things we can do to add more fruits and vegetables into our daily regimen.
Make Them Ready to Eat
One of the first things we can do in order to add more fruits and vegetables into our diet, is by making them ready to eat. What I mean by this is, once you bring them home from the grocery store wash, prep, and package them. This will help make them ready for you to grab and eat when you want some. Also, buying fruits and vegetables such as apples, grapes, bell peppers, and carrots will make this easier. These are all foods that can quickly be measured out and are easy to eat, even when we are busy and on the go. They also make for great snacks that help keep us on track throughout the day. Setting aside healthy items to dip your fruits or vegetables in such as hummus, peanut butter, or honey will help make them more appealing to you as well and easier to eat.
This is always going to be a quick and easy way for you to get some fruits and vegetables into your day. You can throw just about anything into the blender and make it into a smoothie. This is also a great way for you to get in some of those fruits and veggies that you don’t necessarily like, but you know they are good for you. You can help hide the taste of what you don’t like by adding in more of what you do like. This is also a great option for if you need something quick or are looking for a lighter option.
Make it a Challenge
Have some fun with trying to add more fruits and vegetables into your diet. I know most of us like a challenge, so why not try and challenge yourself when it comes to eating as well. Giving ourselves a challenge is a way that can help motivate us to actually reach for hitting our goals. We could challenge ourselves with something as simple as having a fruit or vegetable present at each meal, no matter how big or small the amount. Once this becomes an easy task for us, we could up the ante and start increasing the amount of fruits and vegetables that we consume at each meal.
Make Your Own Toppings
I know when you first see this, you’re probably confused about what I mean by this. What I mean by this, is making fruit toppings for some of our foods. We can buy things like plain yogurt and oatmeal and then make fruit toppings to put on them. For example, we could have Greek yogurt and add some berries, peaches, and honey to add some flavor to it. Or we make some oatmeal in the mornings and top it off with some bananas, cinnamon, and honey. Both of these are some simple and easy ways to get more fruits into our day. In addition to those foods adding more fruits into our diet, it is also a way to introduce healthier, more nutrient dense foods into what we eat.
Don’t Tuck Them Away
Let’s face it when we start running out of space one of the first things we begin to tuck out of the way are our fruits and vegetables. We think that if we just tuck them out of the way we will know where they are when we need them. However, the problem with this is that since we don’t see them we forget about them. To help counter this problem, try and avoid putting your fruits and vegetables in areas such as the lower drawers of your refrigerator, a back shelf of the pantry, or behind other items on the counter. Instead try and place them on one of the shelves that are at eye level and place them more towards the middle of that shelf. In addition to that, try and make sure that all of your fruits and veggies are well within your eyesight and don’t get lost behind other items. This can easily be done by dedicating some counter space for your fruits and veggies as well. This will ensure that you always have a place to store them, and a place that will always keep them in your sight and remind you of them.
Obviously fruits and vegetables are known to be kind of bland sometimes and that makes them harder for us to eat. In order to help us combat this, we can get creative with how we choose to eat our fruits and vegetables. There are several different ways in which we can do this. For example, we can replace our mashed potatoes with mashed cauliflower, add fruits into our baked goods, use lettuce instead of bread, and throw some frozen veggies into your pasta dishes. All of these are simple replacements and/or additions that we can add to our meals that will help us get more fruits and veggies.
I know that getting more fruits and vegetables into our daily diet can sometimes feel like a nearly impossible feat every day. However, we can make some small simple changes with what we already do, and in doing so we will find that reaching our recommended amounts of fruits and veggies each day will slowly become easier and easier. Before you know it, you’ll have fruits and vegetables as a main staple in all of your meals.
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