We all know that we should be eating plenty of fruit and veg. In fact, studies have shown that a diet high in fibre and the nutrients that fruit and veg provide can help us to stay well for longer. However, consuming enough fruit and veg can be challenging.
So, how can we eat enough fruit and veg to stay well?
Let’s have a look at 5 great tips:
Tip 1 – Soup things up
Soup is a brilliant way to upping your fruit and veg consumption. You can fit many veggies and superfoods into a single bowl of soup, and it can be pretty delicious as well.
When making most soups starting with a base of onions and vegetable stock works well. Then, you can add any other veggies you want as you go.
You can even make your own vegetable stock if you like. Just freeze vegetable scrap through the week. You can then make them into stock on the weekend. This is as simple as cooking the veg and then allowing them to cool before pouring them into ice cube trays and freezing. Then you will have stock cubes you can use, anytime.
Tip 2 – Make fruit and veg your go-to snack
Sometimes it can take a little effort to increase your fruit and veg consumption. For example, instead of reaching for a bag of cookies or chips, it’s much better to go for an apple, orange, or some vegetable sticks.
Of course, to help you make the right choice it’s a smart idea to keep fruit and veggies snacks on hand. This means packing them in your bag for school or work or even having a fruit bowl insight to tempt you throughout the day.
Tip 3 – Add at least one portion of fruit and veg with everything you eat
It seems like simple and easy advice, but if you eat fruit or veg with anything else you consume you can really boost your numbers. The great news is that it’s pretty easy to do as well, especially if you have items like grapes, cherries, or baby carrots on hand. Then all you need to do is grab a handful and add them to your favourite dish, or even eat them as a side dish or snack.
Tip 4 – Juice it!
Another smart way to get more fruit and veg into your diet is to start juicing. When you juice it allows you to get all the good stuff from fruit and veg without having to eat a massive meal. So, while you may not be up for a lunch of raw cabbage, celery and spinach, if you juice these and combine them with an apple, some mint, and lemon it can be both delicious and healthy.
Indeed, there are so many wonderful juice recipes out there to try. One in particular that you should sample is the intriguing Thai spiced cider that contains flavours of herbs, citrus, and even a little kick of pepper. Yum…
Tip 5 – Sneaking in secret fruit and veg
Finally, not all the fruit and vegetables you eat need to have noticeable flavours. If you don’t like the taste of mushrooms or carrots, then you can include these in your next pasta sauce. Alternatively, you can make hummus or other yummy mixes at home and adding roasted capcicums, tomatoes or onions for added flavor and nutrients.
When it comes to fruit and veg your choices are endless. Let your creativity and imagination go wild and see where it takes you.