Having an adequate amount of fruits and vegetables in your diet is very important. Fruits and vegetables have vitamins, minerals, and fiber and make for a great snack or addition to any meal. Although there are certain fruits and vegetables that are specific to each season, it can sometimes be difficult to get enough fruits and vegetables in your day.
Here are ten simple ways you can enjoy fruits and vegetables and increase your daily intake!
1. Start Your Day Off with Some Fruit
Make it a habit to add fruit to your morning oatmeal, cereal, yogurt or even waffle.
2. Make Fruit Your Dessert
Have a sliced banana with frozen yogurt and some chopped nuts for dessert.
3. Grill Veggies
Summertime is a great season to grill lots of vegetables and create vegetable kabob skewers.
4. Make Pizza
Homemade pizza is a simple and delicious dinner idea. You can add lots of vegetables to a homemade pizza such as spinach, onions, broccoli, mushrooms, and tomatoes.
5. Pre-Cut Vegetables
Having pre-cut vegetables in your refrigerator makes it easier to grab as a snack. You can also chop vegetables to take with you as a snack or side dish with your lunch or dinner.
Frozen blueberries, strawberries, and bananas blended up with some almond milk or yogurt make a great mid-day snack or breakfast.
7. Keep It in Sight
Having a fruit bowl on your kitchen table or counter is a visual reminder to grab more fruit throughout your day. This makes grabbing a snack when you’re rushing out the door very easy.
8. Stock Up!
Keep bags of frozen fruits and vegetables in your freezer so you always have a quick side dish to make.
9. Add a Salad to Each Meal
By having lettuce and other quick vegetables like baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, and mandarin oranges available, you can make a quick and easy salad to start off each of your home meals with.
10. Decorate your Baked Potato
Adding beans and salsa or broccoli and low-fat cheese are two great additions to a baked potato. This will add flavor to your potato and allow you to get in some extra vegetables.