Fruits and vegetables are really important for our overall health and well-being. The general recommendation for most people is to eat at least 2.5 cups of veggies and 2 cups of fruits daily but it is a struggle for many of us. When possible, choose organic, seasonal fruits and vegetables but don’t be shy to use frozen and canned vegetables (choose low sodium variety). When it comes to fruit, stay away from the canned variety as most of them are packed in syrup but frozen ones are great for smoothies. All fruits and veggies are a great source of many essential vitamins/minerals and fiber, therefore it is important to eat a wide variety of fruits to get the most benefits. Here are 5 ways to eat more fruits and vegetables:
Roast vegetables with spices and seasonings,
People develop a liking for vegetables such as Brussels sprouts, beets, and broccoli when roasted rather than sautéed or steamed. Use spices such as cumin, cayenne, and pepper along with olive oil to roast veggies.
Drink your fruits and vegetables in the form of smoothies
Smoothies are great for breakfast, light meals, and snacks, so get into a routine of blending your favorite fruits and greens together. If you need some guidance, check out this guide on making smoothies.
Choose a vehicle for fruits and veggies
Instead of munching on plain baby carrots or apple slice, use yogurt, peanut butter or hummus as a dip. This is also a good way of getting some proteins into your diet.
Be a sneaky chef
Look for opportunities to include veggies in omelet, soups, curries, and pizza recipes. Sometimes depending upon the recipe, you might be able to replace half the meat with veggies and it will taste equally delicious and more nutritious.
Know your veggies
Take advantage of farmers market this summer and speak to farmers about different possibilities with vegetables you are not familiar with. Look for recipe inspiration and experiment with zucchini noodles, cauliflower rice, and spaghetti squash.