Most diets extol the virtues of fruits and vegetables. These natural products are chock full of vitamins and minerals that help your body to function properly. They also happen to be very tasty.
For this reason, the recommendation for most people is to eat at least 5 servings of fruits and veggies (combined) each day. For some people that’s pretty easy, but others find that many hard to attain.
Dieters can especially enjoy the benefits of fruits and vegetables because they are filling and very low calorie. That means you can eat a lot of them without totally going over your calorie goal for the day.
While you know you need to eat your fruits and vegetables, many people are confused about how to incorporate them into their everyday diet. Here are a few tips to help you get your servings of plant-based foods:
- Try new foods. There is a huge variety of available fruits and vegetables available at your local supermarket. Try to pick up a new one each time you go shopping and research healthy ways to prepare it.
- Substitute spaghetti squash for actual spaghetti. It’s low calorie and delicious. Kids especially like to see how the squash turns into “noodles” after cooking.
- Eat a salad with every meal. This is a simple way to add veggies. Make one big bowl of salad and eat it for the entire week.
- Roast vegetables for easy flavor. All you need is a cookie sheet, some olive oil, and a little salt and pepper to make delicious roasted veggies. This is an easy way to add any type of vegetable to your dinner plate.
- Keep raw veggies on hand. Most people like raw carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and snap peas with dip. Keep an assortment of raw veggies at the ready. You can make a healthy yogurt ranch dip that will complement them perfectly.
- Make a fresh fruit bowl every week. Keeping fruit prepared and cut will make it easier to add a cup to your breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
- Look for bargains. Weekly grocery store fliers will show you what produce is the best deal for the week. While fresh fruits and vegetables can be expensive, shopping the sales will make it easier on your family budget.
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