5 Ways To Eat More Fruits And Vegetables

Published February 2, 2015

5 Ways To Eat More Fruits And VegetablesFresh produce should be a must at each meal, however many people simply forget about this rule just because they don’t like eating them too much or feel too lazy to incorporate them into their diet. These are some ideas that can help you to eat more fruits and veggies and store them in a right way as well.

1. If you don’t like eating veggies,you can drink them instead. You don’t need to be reminded that green smoothies are great sources of vitamins and minerals. Drinking smoothies is also a great way to stay hydrated, especially during summertime. You can combine them with fruit and water according to your taste, but the proportion of the veggies should be larger, as they have less sugar than fruit and have an abundant amount of antioxidants.

2. Boost your breakfast. Stir fresh or frozen berries, dried fruits or banana slices into your morning yogurt, cereal or oatmeal. They add a delicious sweet flavor and make the whole plate much healthier. If you like to make omelets or scrambled eggs, then you can add peppers, tomatoes, spinach or onions. Drink a glass of freshly squeezed juice instead of its bottled version.

3. Double the amount called for in the recipes of soups, salads, pastas, sandwiches or pizzas. An overdose of chopped vegetables will not ruin the recipe, but it will only enhance the flavor, nutritional value, and your daily vegetable intake. Even if you don’t make pizza yourself but order it from a restaurant, add veggies from your fridge on top.

4. Don’t like the way produce tastes after boiling it? Try cooking them in a pressure cooker.Cooking at high pressure requires less water and cooking time and as a result, vitamins and nutrients do not get evaporated and taste is preserved, as well as the flavor. To save time and energy you can cook vegetables together with the meat, especially if a pressure cooker comes with a rack, instead of using two different pans on a traditional stove top.

5. Incorporating more fruit into your diet, making smoothies and especially juicing requires buying large batches of fresh produce. The best way to always have fresh veggies and fruits available is bulk buying at wholesale stores. If you are concerned about the ways of storing them fresh, here is some good news: vacuum sealing allows storing them up to 6 months (but of course read the manual first, as different vegetables have different storage times). Vacuum sealers remove the air out from the storing bag and seal it, and as you know oxygen is what causes molds and makes fresh produce go bad. When vacuum packed your fruits and veggies are preserved from mold and moisture.

Consuming more fruits and veggies on a daily basis can be a tough task, but not impossible if you are concerned about healthier eating. Just follow these easy steps and you will see that by adding produce to your diet you will eat meals much tastier and richer in flavor.

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