Health and Nutrition experts recommend we eat five to seven servings of fruits and vegetables daily. When planning meals, at least 1/2 of your plate should be vegetables and/or fruit. While this might seem daunting, even the most stubborn fruit and vegetable haters can change their diet to eat more fresh produce.
If you don’t keep fresh produce handy, you won’t eat it. You’ll be even less likely if you keep junk food available. So start by buying your favourite two or three fruits and vegetables, and keep them in sight and easily accessible. Keep a fruit bowl with bananas, apples, and oranges. Cut back on the amount of junk food, and put it out of sight. Prep your fresh produce as soon as you get home, that way it will always be ready to eat.
Look for Opportunities
If you’re not ready to eat full servings of fruits and vegetables by themselves, find ways to add them to the current foods you eat. For example, perk up your salads by adding fruit such as blueberries, sliced strawberries, mandarine oranges, apple slices, and pear slices. Add extra vegetables to your soups. At breakfast, add bananas or berries to your cereal or add veggies to your omelette.
Learn to Cook
One of the most effective ways to increase your fruit and vegetable intake is to eat more meals at home. Fast foods and restaurant foods often contain very little fruits and vegetables. If you’re not sure where to start, search Pinterest or buy a new cookbook for inspiration.
Try a Smoothie
If you are running short on time, try a smoothie for your meal. In addition to your favourite fruits, try adding spinach or kale.
Change Your Snacks
Start snacking on fruits such as apples, oranges, bananas, and grapes. They don’t require any preparation, and you can take them with you anywhere. Also, try some vegetables for a snack, such as baby carrots.