Fruits and vegetables, as we all know, are a necessary component in an overall healthy diet and lifestyle. They contain a multitude of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are beneficial to the human body, plus, they help to keep us regular.
While we’re aware that eating more fruits and vegetables is arguably a proactive thing to undertake, it can be tricky to convince ourselves to fully commit to eating more greens. I mean, if we’re presented with a freshly baked tray of chocolate chip cookies and a head of cabbage, I’m fairly certain majority of us would go with the cookies and say to hell with the cabbage.
Eating more fruits and vegetables can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be a struggle. An article via Kitchn suggests some creative ways to incorporate more greens into our diets, and I think they’re worth sharing.
“Plan ahead: If you have produce washed, chopped, and ready to go, you’ll be a little more likely to actually eat it.
“Add produce to breakfast: Making scrambled eggs? Add some spinach. Grabbing a spoon for yogurt? Toss in some berries. Dishing out some oatmeal? Add pears, apples, persimmons, or roasted sweet potatoes. You’ll end up skipping the donuts, feel full for longer, and you’ll have one small victory under your belt before you even really start the day.
“Buy some produce you’ve never had before: If your shopping list always looks the same — apples, bananas, sweet potatoes, string beans, more apples … Pick up at least one new-to-you food every time you shop. And try it! You’ll be surprised at how much new stuff you like and actually want to buy/eat again.
“Eat a side salad with lunch and dinner: Salads are not hard to make. Just pile up some greens and toss them whatever you have on hand and then dress it (with olive oil or lemon juice) and eat it. Instant bonus servings of fruits and vegetables!
“Replace carbs with veggies: Zoodles are more than just a catchy name. They’re trendy because they’re good. Same with cauliflower rice and cauliflower pizza crusts.”
Check out the entire article, which I linked above, for a full list of tips and tricks pertaining to how to go about increasing your greens intake. It’s a lot easier than you might think.
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