Tips and Tricks to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
Happy Vegetarian Month, vegetarians! Happy October, everyone else. Whichever category you fall into, we’ve got some ideas to help you eat more fruits and veggies.
Whether or not you follow a plant-based diet, experts pretty much agree that we should all be eating lots of fruits and vegetables with every meal. Depending on your taste buds, that either sounds like a party on your plate or a real challenge. Luckily, there are lots of ways to fun up your healthy eats and make them more enjoyable. Here are a few of our favorite tricks:
Meal Prep Is Your Friend
If your fruits and veggies are washed, chopped, and ready to go, you’re going to eat more of them. Take some time at the beginning of the week to wash and chop lettuce, cucumbers, bell peppers, or whatever veggies you like for salads, pasta dishes, stir-fries, and sides. For snacking, slice carrots and celery, and wash apples. Put them in food storage containers in the fridge, and when you’re craving some crunch, grab a handful.
Turn Veggies into Noodles
The tool we recommend most to convert non-veggie-eaters is the spiralizer. It’s easy to use and works really well at turning vegetables into noodles for pasta dishes, stir-fries, and more. Just spiralize, top with your favorite sauces, and enjoy. We’d be lying if we said you won’t notice a difference. But you’re going to like what you make.
Batch It Up
Soups and stews are great because they’re pretty hard to mess up and are great to make and store for later. If you don’t already own a big stock pot, get one. Make your own broth or use store-bought (we won’t tell), toss in whatever you have on hand, and let it simmer. Experiment to find what you like. Make a big batch, eat some for dinner, and put the rest in the fridge or freezer for later.
Don’t Forget the Freezer Aisle
You’ve probably heard this already, but sometimes frozen is fresher than fresh. Fruits and veggies are picked at peak freshness and flash-frozen so nutrients are retained. That means even in the dead of winter, you can buy berries, peaches, and all kinds of deliciousness for smoothies. It also means you can have lots of veggies on hand all the time, and you won’t have to worry about them going bad. On busy nights, toss a bunch in a pan, season, add protein, and you’ve got dinner ready in under 20 minutes.
For kids (and picky adults), you may have to get creative. Enter the old veggie sneak. Carrots, zucchini, and onions can be blended and added to tomato sauce for pasta. Kale or spinach works great with strawberry-banana smoothies. Experiment and see what they’ll eat. Before you know, it they’ll actually be requesting broccoli.
Do you have any tricks to eat more fruits and veggies? Let us know in the comments!