Adding Fruits and Vegetables to Your Diet
Practically from birth, we’re inundated with the imperative that we need to eat all our fruits and veggies, but that can be a tough habit to get into for the uninitiated. To overcome that hurdle, it helps to have a few creative ways of incorporating them into your diet under your belt. It doesn’t have to be complex–just a little ingenuity goes a long way in the kitchen.
What follows are a few ideas for bringing more fruits and veggies into your diet–without putting off picky children or unconvinced spouses. This is just a start; you’ll want to see what works with your own personal diet and palate, keep those options and toss out the rest. From there, you can expand into new territory with your new-found confidence (and the confidence of those you feed).
5 Great Ways to Incorporate Fruits and Vegetables Into Your Diet
Bored of your usual pasta? Add some red peppers, onions, cherry tomatoes or spinach into the same old pasta sauce and voila! You’ve got a new texture and a new flavor to liven up a classic dish, not to mention highly nutritious, low-calorie ingredients that satisfy your mouth and your appetite.
- Ever wanted to cook Asian food, but lacked the chutzpah to tackle such an exotic cuisine? Stir fry couldn’t be easier! All you need is a wok or non-stick pan, some oil and veggies of your choosing. However you want to cook it or top it, it’s hard to go wrong. Use a store-bought stir fry sauce or make your own; it’s as simple as putting together some soy sauce, ginger, garlic, honey and sesame oil and covering your delicious stir fried veggies with it once they’re done.
- Tired of meat and cheese sandwiches? Put a tomato on it. Or some romaine lettuce. Or an avocado. Boost the flavor profile while adding a nutritious dimension to your favorite sammy.
- If you have a blender, make a smoothie in the morning. Some frozen veggies like strawberries, raspberries or blackberries, coupled with a banana and some milk or orange juice makes a delightful morning treat that will have you excited to start your day and give you plenty of energy and vitamins to keep you going.
- If it’s seasonable, fire up the grill. Coat some veggies lightly with olive oil (asparagus, peppers, onions, zucchini and corn are popular choices) and roast them over the open flame. You’ll be impressed how far a little oil and salt go when you preserve the natural flavor of the vegetables on the grill.
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