Health food fads and diets come and go, but one point always remains: eat your vegetables. Incorporating plenty of vegetables and fruits in your diet is healthy eating 101. They’re low in fat and high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other nutrients. You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘5 a day to keep the doctor away’. But if you’re not in the habit of eating fruits and vegetables, it can be easy to overlook these nutritious foods. Here are some easy ways to get your 5 a day.
Add fruits to your breakfast
Sprinkle some berries in your oatmeal or cereal. Spread avocado or slice some bananas over your toast. If you’re an egg person, follow the English breakfast formula and add a side of tomatoes and mushrooms or add veggies to an omelet.
Switch up your snacks
Throw an apple, banana, or orange into your bag instead of a granola bar if you want to munch on something sweet. Instead of chips, use baby carrots or celery with your favorite dip or hummus.
Add a side salad
Start including a little salad with your dinner or even lunch. It doesn’t have to be boring - find some easy but tasty recipes and add a light and tasty dressing. Tip: adding fruit to salad always makes it more interesting (pomegranate seeds, orange slices, apples, and pears are common favorites).
Drink your greens
Or reds, purples, or oranges. When you’re craving a sweet or refreshing drink, choose a fruit or vegetable juice or smoothie instead of soda. Freshly squeezed is always best.
Always add a vegetable
When cooking a meal, get into the habit of including at least one vegetable. You might be used to certain recipes that are more carb or protein heavy but there will always be a vegetable that pairs well with it. Even when you’re making a sandwich, you can always add a bit of lettuce or cucumbers. If you’re not sure where to begin, research different versions of your favorite meals that include vegetables.
It will take a little effort at first, but once you get into these healthy habits they will become routine. Our taste buds adapt to new foods over time, so eventually you’ll find yourself loving and craving certain fruits and vegetables. Bon appetit!