You know you should probably be eating more fruits and vegetables…but do you get enough? Consuming more fruits and vegetables has a huge impact on your health. Diets that contain lots of fruits and vegetables are associated with a decreased risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, and even some cancers.
Fortunately, you can add lots more fruits and vegetables into your diet with just a few simple changes. Here are 10 ways to get started:
1) Look at your plate before you eat. Try to fill half with fruits and vegetables.
2) Throw some sautéed spinach, onions, or mushrooms into your scrambled eggs. Or, even better, have a vegetable omelet!
3) Put some sliced bananas, blueberries, and strawberries into your morning cereal.
4) Add lettuce, tomato, and cucumber to your sandwiches. Even better, replace some of the meat or cheese with a big pile of vegetables.
5) Throw a cup of chopped vegetables to your favorite soups.
6) Mix steamed or sautéed onions, broccoli, carrots, peppers, or green beans into rice or pasta dishes.
7) Turn your dinner into a salad. Serve meat or hard boiled eggs on a bed of greens with lots of sliced vegetables.
8) Have an apple or some baby carrots for your mid-afternoon snack.
9) Eat sliced fruit for dessert.
10) Or top your ice cream with fresh or frozen berries.
Be sure to keep plenty of fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables on hand. And then make a practice of adding some to every meal you make. With almost no effort, you can double, triple, or even quadruple your fruit and vegetable intake. And you just might find that your favorite dishes taste even better with a few healthy additions.
How do YOU ensure you eat plenty of produce? Share your tips in the comments below!