What are some easy tips for adding more fruit and vegetables to your diet?
It is not a question of easy, if you want more fruit and veg in your diet justadd it, if you think that means to much food, remove junk items from the diet.
Fruit salad, and I mean home made fruit salad is a great way to get some fruit into your diet. You can choose the fruits you like.
Another way I add fruit, is by adding it to my cereal, and to my yogurt.
You could increase the vegetable intake by making soup. That way you get all the goodness from the vegetables and its filling - a great comfort food. For fruit, you could make some fresh fruit smoothies for a change. You will still get all the goodness, but in a drink form.
My mom used to grate carrots into her meatloaf mixture--we never knew they were there, but it was an easy way to get some extra veggies into us. Vegetables tend to taste better with cheese, lemon butter, or ranch dressing dip, too.
The best way to get more veggies in is to mix them into your smoothies--the fruit covers the taste and you get tons of nutrients in one yummy drink!
normal salad. You can be as adventurous as you like (obviously the less adventerous the easier it is to do). Some ingredients that can be thrown in to add taste and texture...lettuce, tomato, cucumber, celery (I think it ruins a salad, but some people like it), spring onions, carrots (I think that the best way to 'cut them' is with a peeler), apple, cooked beetroot, olives, cheese, chicken breast, boiled eggs, ham, sunflower seeds, sliced almonds, pine nuts, frozen peas (allowed to defrost), brocolli, spinach, raisins, chopped dried apricots, peppers (red and yellow generally preferred), grapes (best cut in half), tuna, pasta, potato (not TOO cooked), crushed dried noodles...there's loads of options; experiment and you'd be surprised at what tastes nice. Even just tomato and cucumber chopped up and soaked in olive oil, balsamic (or cider/red wine) vinegar and a sprinkle of salt and pepper is more than edible to most people.
Fruit salad (nice with natural yogurt and honey), celery with peanut butter, carrots and dip, purchase a juicer if you don't have one and use it (it's not an easy thing to wash though, but carrot juice is surprisingly tasty!), smoothies (bought frozen veg is easier; thrown in a blender with yogurt and milk, or juice), soup (again, experiment and surprise yourself; almost any 'cookable' veg can be thrown into a soup...some stock and a few spices and you're good to go :-) ) .
Try to replace your daily 'quick snacks' with a piece of fruit or a handful of berries. And when your making your evening meal just be sure to boil/steam/microwave some simple vegetables if there're none in the main course.
...hope those few tips help a bit. I know they're not all the 'easiest' ideas, but they're not too difficult either :-)
I'm all about time saving and making it interesting!
I get all of my favorite fruits and cut them up and put them into a couple of plastic containers and throw them in the refrigerator, then when I want a snack, I just grab the container and eat it. Sometimes I add things to it to make it more interesting like cinnamon, nuts or put a little honey on the fruit.
For vegetables, I make homemade minestrone with my favorite vegetables. I make a giant pot of it and then just eat the leftover soup through the week.
Another good way to get your vegetables is make a big salad ahead of time and put it in a big bowl and get a little bit out every night and eat it with your dinner.
I add fruit to pancakes and oatmeal. I always have carrots sliced and grated in the refrigerator ready for snacks and salads. I puree cooked sweet potatoes and add butter and a little maple syrup as an easy and healthy dessert. I use canned pumpkin to make pancakes and pudding. Fresh spinach is great on sandwiches (instead of lettuce) or wilted in fritata.
Add fruits & vegetables to spaghetti sauces, dressings, smoothies, pizzas, breads, & meatloaf. You can puree them and even put them in protein & nutrient-packed smoothies and mask their flavor (if you want) by adding peanut butter or another strong-tasting ingredient to your smoothies!
I agree, buy them and eat them. What more are you looking for? There's certainly no magic to eating healthily. Buy healthy foods and eat them.
This is a funny question,but then,you have to check which fruit do you need to add more to the ones you have been taken and also which vegetable do you need to add, I guess you need to see a nutritionist for more tips.
You could practice preparing small bags of fruit and vegetables for yourself a week in advance. Whenever you feel like you need a snack between meals or simply a pick-me-up, this will make it easy and convenient to have a few extra nutritious items throughout the day. Most of the time people go for what's easiest to snack on, and more often than not, they options before them are not very healthy. This will solve that problem, and if you're a frequent snacker like myself, will most definitely help you squeeze in a few extra servings of fruits and veggies.
By eating more of them you will have more of them in your diet. Ha ha. Just being sarcastic.Seriously though, I like to add strawberries or bananas to my cereal in the morning. Juicers are good too. You can add vegies like bell peppers, spinach. or onions to your omletes. I guess you can tell Im a breakfast person.
The easy answer is by experimenting until you find the fruits and vegetables that you like. Once you have done this replace snacks with sliced fruit. Add vegetables to your meals. Remember that different colored vegetables have different nutrients. A meal with a lot of different color will be attractive, healthy, and tasty.
When you buy fruit and vegetables, within 24 hours of bringing them home you need to make the time to wash and prepare them for easy eating. Make a snacking tray to keep on the top shelf of your fridge. Pull it out when your family is at their munchiest. Make sure to have variety, various colors will make it more appealing.
I think smoothies are a great way to get more fruit into your diet, too. Frozen fruit is relatively cheap, and keeps well. Invest in a single serving blender (like a Magic Bullet) and toss in a handful of berries and a few pieces of banana and blend.
Make it accessible and you're more likely to snack on healthy food. And if you really don't want to eat junk food, don't buy it. If you have to choose between an apple from the fridge or running down to the local market to buy potato chips, you'll probably grab the apple. Someday, you'll be grateful you did.
You could buy less junk food and more fruits. Fruit makes a good snack. It can also be good for desert. I like fruit with ice cream. When cooking supper I always try to include lots of vegetables. One of the things I like to do is to make stir fry vegetables. I do not like vegetables very much but I eat them because they are good for me and I try to cook them in ways that make them taste better.
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