Cynthia Clifton | 11/12/2013 8:17:25 PM
Wait! Did you forget to eat your fruits and vegetables today? More and more Americans are forgetting to eat the proper amount of fruits and vegetables per day. Eating your daily fruits and vegetables can help you fight various diseases and give you a healthier and more productive lifestyle. Well, here are some sneaky ways that we can incorporate more fruits and vegetables into our daily diet.
Smart snacking: Instead of snacking on Lay’s potato chips or your favorite cookie, snack on a celery stick with peanut butter, baby carrots or a banana, pear or mango. A ½ cup equals one serving of fruits or vegetables.
Fruits in plain view: Display fruits on the kitchen counter or table so that when you are walking through the kitchen you can pick up an orange or apple or when leaving the house to run some errands, you can take a handful of grapes or a banana.
Soup: Homemade soup is great this time of year. Homemade soup allows you to get all of your vegetables in one serving. Your homemade soup can contain vegetables such as: carrots, green beans, corn, tomatoes, peas, cabbage and even mushrooms. Sounds healthy?
Planning: When you have free time during the day or night when at home, cut up vegetables for a couple of days and put in zip lock bags for a later date. This helps when you start to cook - everything is ready to prepare the meal.
Fruit and vegetable at every meal: Every meal should include a fruit and vegetable for a balanced meal.
Double up on servings: If you feel that you are not going to get the full amount of your fruits and vegetables, it is good to double up so that you do get the proper amount of fruits and vegetable per day. Doubling up can be an asset in this circumstance.
Salad before or after dinner: Having a salad before or after dinner could be a salad with sautéed mushrooms and corn or a salad mixed with nuts and cut up fruits.
Frozen fruits: Dinner is over and I need something sweet - what about some frozen grapes, strawberries or peach slices? This is a simple and great dessert even for children to eat as snacks.
Smoothie anyone: Blending your favorite fruits or vegetables can lead to a healthy breakfast, lunch or even snack during the day. Remember, you need to get in your fruits and vegetables every day.
Sneak it: Have you ever thought about sneaking something in food that is good for you but others may not like? If so, sneaking is a great idea. Others will not even notice it and will compliment you on the taste.
Okay, I hope these tips help you get all your fruits and vegetables in your diet every day.
Good luck eating all your fruits and vegetables.Resource: www.Healthywomen.org