We all know it can be hard to get in your fruits and veggies every day, especially when we are supposed to intake 2-4 servings of fruit and 3-5 servings of veggies. Here are some fun tricks you might like to try in order to reach and maybe even surpass those serving recommendations
- Add berries to your morning cereal.
- Add sliced cucumber, alfalfa sprouts, parsley, tomatoes or cilantro to your sandwiches.
- Keep a fruit bowl filled with seasonal fruit in your home and at your office.
- Add shredded veggies (like zucchini or carrots) to your spaghetti sauce. Shredded veggies can also be easily disguised in meatballs.
- Speaking of spaghetti, try spaghetti squash!
- Make kale chips. Rinse and dry a bunch of kale. De-stem it and chop into small pieces. Put the kale in a bowl and drizzle with a tablespoon of olive oil. Sprinkle with sea salt. Arrange on a baking sheet (making sure they do not overlap). Bake for 20-25 minutes at 275.
- Keep some dried fruit on hand (make sure they are sulfate-free); have them combined with some raw nuts to keep your blood sugar balanced.
- Aim for originality when snacking. Try raw snap peas or raw green beans with hummus.
- Have a salad challenge with your friends or kids! Get creative. See who can come up with the most colorful salad. Add beets, bell peppers, apples, mangoes, pineapples, or watermelon!
- Make a smoothie. Get the blender out. Blend frozen fruit with almond milk. Add a tad of honey if you need it sweeter. You can easily sneak in spinach or kale and it won’t even alter the flavor!
The most important thing to do in order to meet your veggie and fruit serving requirements is to make sure you have them in your home. Keep your freezer loaded with options for those nights when you have little motivation or energy to do major food prep.