I’ve noticed a drop in the number of fruits and vegetables I’ve been eating. I don’t like this and have decided to get back better with it. I was reading an article on the subject this morning. It has some great tips about increasing the number in my diet so I thought I would share them here. I hope they help others too.
From Better Nutrition (January 2017) ‘Ask the Nutritionist’
7 ways to boost your intake of vegetables and fruits (Try these tips for increasing your intake of vegetables, and to a lesser extent, fruits:)
- Include vegetables or fruit with breakfast. Add sautéed assorted vegetables to eggs or sausage, and have a side of fruit.
- Substitute vegetables in place of pasta. Spaghetti squash and zucchini noodles are two great alternatives.
- Have cut vegetables available as fast-food snacks. Cut them into sticks that you can easily grab from the fridge, and eat plain or with a dip.
- Make celery sticks or apple slices with nut butter a go-to staple. This stabizing snack is good between meals, and it can serve as an easy to make breakfast or lunch side dish.
- Set out a fruit bowl in the kitchen. This encourages eating assorted varieties of fresh fruit instead of eating processed convenience foods such as crackers or chips.
- Have some frozen vegetables and unsweetened fruits in the freezer. They can serve as essential backups when you can’t make it to the store to get fresh produce.
- Eat more than one type of vegetable with lunch and dinner. Emphasize two or three times more vegetables on your plate than protein, grains, or beans.