How can you possibly fit in nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day?! It is easier than you make think.
These nutritious foods, especially vegetables, are essential to keeping good health. Yet, most people still have so much trouble eating them on a daily basis. Yes, they can taste bland and are more expensive than boxed or frozen meals, but if health is important to you, you will want to get into the habit of eating the recommended daily amount.
Hate fruit and vegetables, but want to make a change to become healthier?
Make it easier on yourself. Here are 6 easy ways to fit fruits and veggies into your day:
1. Drink a smoothie
If you just cannot stand the taste of vegetables, try mixing them in with fruit and yogurt by making a green smoothie. Smoothies are sweet, delicious and filling. You will barely notice you are getting a serving of vegetables out of the way!
Don’t just have a boring spinach salad for lunch or before dinner. Add a blend of colorful vegetables to your salads to make them not only more tasty, but also more nutritional. Every vegetable provides it’s own health benefit. The more vegetables you eat in a salad, the more servings!
3. Have fruit for breakfast
Knock a serving down right away in the morning by eating fruit for breakfast. It’s best to eat fruit with a protein-rich food such as yogurt or oatmeal to keep you full and energize you for the day.
4. Add veggies to your recipes
Mixing veggies with other foods can help motivate you to eat them more often. Veggies can be added to almost any delicious recipe such as pasta, omelets, quesadillas, tacos and so on. Just throwing veggies into your recipes will allow you to take in a serving or two with your meal.
5. Keep a fruit basket full
Having fruit displayed in your kitchen will help you notice it when you’re hungry. The drawers in the refrigerator are the most
common place to store fruit, yet the worst spot to see it! It’s more likely to forget you bought them until they start to go bad. A colorful assortment of fruit on the counter will makes a great decoration and will catch your eye when your stomach starts growling.
6. Enjoy a warm bowl of soup
Soup can be very nutritional. Plus it’s also low in calories! Make vegetable, beef and vegetable or chicken noodle soup to enjoy a warm, nutritious winter meal. Just be sure to include an assortment of vegetables in your recipes.
All it takes is a little planning and small lifestyle changes to make sure you get your daily servings of fruits and vegetables. The key is to always have fruits and vegetables available in your kitchen so you are able to enjoy them and add them to recipes whenever you can. Once you start, it will eventually become habit.