Have you been trying to start eating more fruit and veggies every day, but failed every time? Here are tips to help!
Stay Prep’d Up
One of the first reasons why we do not eat enough fruit and veggies is because we do not have any at home. How many times have you found yourself, suddenly in a mood to snack on fruit or salad, but you just do not have the stuff right then?
This is why you need to make it a habit to stock up on fruit and veggies. You don’t need to stuff your fridge with dozens, but just make sure you’ve got some so you can grab them when you want – which ideally should be once or twice a day at least.
One Step at a Time
If you have always been an extremely poor eater of fruit and veggies, you need to start working on it slowly. Some of the great ways to start are by adding a few slices of fruit to yoghurt, cereal, or oatmeal – natural dried fruit is delicious this way! Blend them into smoothies – the easiest and yummiest way to go! Add plenty of veggies to your favourite sandwich or pasta dish, and opt for colourful vegetables to top a green salad!
Kick Up Flavours
One reason why some don’t fancy fruit or veggie for a snack, kids in particular, is because they want more flavour and taste. Instead of handing yourself or your kids a plate of cut-up or sliced fruit, you could consider baking them and then topping them with some cinnamon and honey – try this with apple and pear and it is just going to be everyone’s favourite! Fruits can be roasted on a grill, too. Drizzle them with olive oil or so and put them on the grill to bring out amazing flavours!
As for veggies, a dip is mandatory! Peanut butter, salad dressing, or hummus paired with the right veggies should release flavours you never really knew! If you wish to give plate oof veggies an Italian flavour, simply toss them in some parmesan cheese or opt for any Italian salad dressing to make a quick and simple side dish.
Track Your Eating
If you are serious about adding more fruit and veggies to your diet, you need to see that you keep track of how much you eat every day. This should help you assess your progress, and most of all, motivate you to eat better. Not knowing or remembering your diet details is not going to help you achieve your diet goals. When you realize that you’ve done poorly on a particular day, you naturally will want to make sure you do better the next.
Setting a clear goal is important. You can start off by having small, short-term goals, and then set bigger ones as you go. For instance, if you hate broccoli for some reason but you want to add it to your diet because of all the nutritional goodness in it, you may want to start off by eating some once a week for two or three consecutive weeks, and then try increasing it to two times or thrice a week. Motivation is all you need to deal with your diet matters!