10 Quick Tips to Eat Your Fruits & VeggiesMarie LeBaron
Life seems to be going by in a flash. I’m always looking for one more hour to get things done. And sometimes, healthy eating ends up last on my list after the kids, the house, and my crafting obsessions. So I’m all about the quick and easy ways to get in enough of the healthy stuff.
I love fruits and veggies! They are so good for you, Mother Nature’s medicine. But how often am I grabbing a carrot or celery stick when I’m on the go? Well, I’ve compiled this list of ideas that are going to help me get in my recommended servings of fruits and veggies. Read on, these are 10 great tips!
Here are 10 quick tips to get you eating more fruits and veggies:
1. Shopping List: First, make sure you are writing down to BUY fruits and veggies. I get to the store and sometimes it’s so crazy shopping with my kids that I never go home with what I even went to go buy. So make sure you are adding apples and spinach to that shopping list.
2. Breakfast: Fruit is perfect for breakfast. Whether you mix up a bowl of strawberries and mango or add a few berries to your cereal, breakfast is a great way to get in some fruit.
3. Preparation: It’s all about getting ready. I’ve now tried to not only buy my fruits and veggies, but get them out of the baggies they come in and wash them up. That way, it’s one less step.
4. Keep It Out Handy: Right after I wash my fruits and veggies, I put them in a bowl on the counter, or at least the ones that can be out of the fridge. Now it’s ready to go in seconds, all washed and out for the taking.
5. Smoothies: Mix up a frozen fruit smoothie. You can even add a little spinach to the mix for even more green goodness! Adding spinach doesn’t change the taste too much, it’s very mild, and will help give you that vitamin boost!
6. At the Restaurant: When you order your meal, ask to change the side dish to apples or steamed veggies. Almost all restaurants have veggies as a side dish. Much healthier than french fries.
7. Juice It: Blend your lovely fruits and veggies into a juice. This is when it gets fun to mix and match. Then it’s super simple to sip up all that freshness.
8. Dip It: If you are needing more than just an apple or banana, add a little peanut butter or yogurt as a dip.
9. Dried Fruits: These are easy to take with you anywhere. I often have dried blueberries in a container in the car, just in case I’m stuck in traffic and need a quick snack.
10. Get the Whole Family Involved: If you’re serving fruits and vegetables to your family, it’s that much easier to grab some for yourself. After school with the kids is a great time for me to have a healthy snack along with them.
For more ideas from Marie, visit her blog at Make and Takes.