Increasing your daily intake of fruits and vegetables is a theme that will continue to be repeated ad nauseum. It is, however, the simplest way to improve your overall health, so I encourage everyone to challenge themselves to eat 8-10 servings of fruits and veggies every day.
Here are a few great tips to help you achieve this goal:
1. Add a handful of baby spinach to your morning fruit smoothie. The spinach will not interfere with the fruit flavour, you’ll hardly know there are any greens in there at all (except for the colour) and you’ll have gotten a whole serving of vegetables out of the way before lunchtime!
2. Make more homemade soup. Soups are an easy and delicious way to eat your veggies, especially in the winter when you might be craving warm “comfort food” instead of cold salad. Just try to avoid canned varieties as they tend to contain too much salt.
3. Bake with vegetables. Another great way to incorporate vegetables into your day is by baking with them. Search online for great recipes for chocolate brownies with beets (they’re delicious). Not a fan of beets? Try zucchini bread, or look online for other creative options.
4. Choose the side salad option. Eating out? As tempting as it may be to order a side of fries with your burger, choosing the side salad may be a better idea (for both your health and your waist line). Little changes here and there can really add up to big positive change!
5. Make healthy chips. Kale chips, that is! Take a head of kale (a dark leafy vegetable, ask your grocer if unsure what it looks like), and rip the leaves into smaller pieces. Lay the kale pieces flat on a baking sheet, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and sea salt, and bake in the oven at 250°C for about 20-30minutes, or until dry and crispy. These will soon become your favourite movie night snack!
Good luck, and great health.
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