Want More Energy? I have some super easy ways to help you increase your intake of fruit and veggies that will help to boost your energy, immunity, and gut health, just with a few sneaky healthy tweaks.
It seems that health and wellness experts are telling you to eat more fruits and vegetables everywhere you turn. Even our Mums and Grannies use to say “Eat your veggies.” You totally get it.
Yes, they’re full, and I mean FULL, of nutrition (vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fibre, etc.).
Yes, people who eat more fruits and vegetables live longer, healthier lives. Not to mention protecting their bodies and minds from just about every chronic disease out there.
Yes, eating more vegetables can help you maintain a healthy body weight and even lose some fat (as long as you don’t bread and fry them, or cover them with cream sauce).
Your question is not “Should I eat more fruits and vegetables,” but “How can I actually do it?”
Believe me, as a health coach; I’m chock full of amazing, creative and delicious ways to help you eat more fruits and veggies.
And before we dive in, always start from where you are. If you’re not used to any fruits or veggies, try for just two servings per day. Build up from there. Please don’t get overwhelmed thinking you need to overhaul your entire diet in one day. Wherever you’re at now, I challenge you to increase it by two servings per day.
Now, let’s dive into my helpful ideas on exactly HOW to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet!
SNEAK THEM INTO OTHER DISHES
OK, this one may be, shall we say, “sneaky,” but I’m all about your health, so hear me out.
Some dishes are super-easy to enhance with a bit of strategically placed produce. What do you think of these ideas?
- Add ½ apple, a small handful of spinach, or extra berries into your smoothie.
- Dice or shred up an extra bit of carrot, broccoli, zucchini or pepper into your soup.
- Love sandwiches? Why not add an extra slice of tomato, lettuce or cucumber to it?
- How about chicken, tuna, or salmon salad? Dice up a stalk of celery and throw it in.
- Love to bake? How about substituting ¼ cup of sugar for ¼ cup of unsweetened applesauce?
- Are you used to having a small salad? Why not try a larger one?
- Are you making a tomato sauce? Add in some extra mushrooms or peppers.
MAKE THEM TASTE MORE DELICIOUS WITH A MEAL
- Steam some frozen corn and add a touch of olive oil and your favourite herb or spice.
- Use veggies as your sandwich “bread” by making a lettuce wrap.
- Don’t be afraid to spice them up! Try sauteing them for 10 minutes with a drizzle of oil and flavour them with pepper, garlic, ginger or cumin.
OPTING FOR THEM AS SNACKS
- Why not throw a banana, apple or a couple of mandarins into your lunch bag?
- Ditch the chips and dip – Instead, try some carrot, celery, broccoli, cucumber or cauliflower with a dip like hummus, guacamole, or even your favourite salad dressing?
- Love sweetened yogurt? Buy plain, and immerse it with fresh or frozen berries.
Take two of these suggestions and try them tomorrow. Just add two more fruits and veggies to the number you’re at today – only two more. Trust me; your body will love you for it!
And if you’re not an instant fan, well, try again. Research shows that sometimes it takes our taste buds several tries before actually beginning to like a new flavour. Try it; you might find some new faves.
You can do it.