Including at least five portions of fruits and vegetables in your diet every day is generally widely accepted as good nutrition guidance. If your diet does not currently include many fruits or vegetables, then this may initially seem like a difficult task!
There are so many delicious foods that come into these categories, and simply trying new things can be an easy way to get them into your diet. If you are struggling when it comes to improving your intake of fruits and vegetables, then the following advice is for you.
We have put together some effortless ways to include more of these healthy foods in your diet. Following this advice will help you to easily enjoy the abundant health benefits of eating fruit and vegetables!
Fruit for Breakfast
Adding fruit to your breakfast dish is one of the easiest ways to start the day in a healthy way. If you have porridge or ceral for your first meal of the day, then you can add some sliced banana, a handful of berries, some diced apple, or literally anything else that you think might go well with whatever you are eating. Experiment with different combinations and see what you like the most!
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You may also find that just having a bowl of fruit on its own is a tasty and nutritions way to begin your morning. You can get really creative with this, and add all kinds of different fruits into your bowl.
It can be even more delicious if you top your fruit with a scoop of yoghurt. Try different variations to see what you enjoy best, and feel free to add some nuts into the mix if you want some extra sustenance and nutrition.
Get a Fruit Bowl
As well as adding fruit into your breakfast, you can also try getting a fruit bowl for your home and keeping it full to encourage yourself to eat more fruit. Position this bowl somehwere in your home where you will see it several times a day.
Keep your fruit bowl full with bananas, apples, pears, satsumas, or anything else that you are likely to enjoy snacking on often!
It is worth mentioning that you should ocassionally keep an eye on your fruit so that it doesn't go bad. It can help you to enjoy your fruit bowl more if you try to shop for different fruits every couple of weeks. This will ensure that you keep things interesting and also that you sample new things.
Buying fruits that you have never tried before to add into your fruit bowl can become a fun activity for the supermarket. And, as an added bonus, your fruit bowl can also be a great way to jazz up your home. You may even find that you want more than one!
Soups are such a fantastic healthy dish because they can contain an abundance of vitamins and minerals in a fairly small portion. If you make soup from scratch at home yourself then you have full control over just how much goodness goes into your recipe. This also means that you can leave out any unwanted extras too! For example, when you buy ready made soup, you may notice that it has quite a high sodium content.
Green leafy vegetables are fantastic for adding into soups, as are beans and legumes, such as chick peas and lentils. You can make a big batch of soup at the start of the week so that you always have a healthy option over the next few days. Additionally, soup is also super easy to freeze, meaning you can make up individual portions to enjoy whenever you want.
Give Salads a Go
Salads have an unfair reputation as being a light meal that is neither very filling or satisfying. However, it is easy to make a salad for yourself that gives you a good dose of nutrients whilst also satiating your hunger.
Adding vegetables, such as sweet potato, carrots, and butternut squash into your salads is a great way to bulk them up and make them more satisfying. Pulses and beans will also help in the same way, so be sure to experiment with your salad recipes.
One great tip for helping to keep your salad healthy, is to try to go easy on the salad dressing, and perhaps add more food items to your salad instead. This will help you to feel full whilst also keeping the calorie count of your meal down.
You and Your Diet
You have full control over the foods that you decide to put into your body, and the choices that you make will be reflected in your health and energy levels. If you make consistantly positive choices for yourself then your body and mind are going to thank you for it!
Once you start to make the extra effort to include more fruits and vegetables in your diet every day, then you will soon see just how fun and easy it is. You will also surely notice how much more delicious your meals are, and how much more you look forward to them.
Taking this small step to improving your diet could also soon motivate you to make further positive changes, both to your diet and also your lifestyle. You may find that your desire to partake in exercise increases and that you start to pay more attention to how active you are!
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