Tips to Eat More Vegetables
By Sara Butler
You need to eat nine servings of fruits and vegetables per day, but do you really get all that you need? Many people aren’t getting enough of the good stuff day in and day out, which is why it’s important to try to fit more vegetables into your day. Here are a few easy strategies to work more vegetables into your meals and snacks.
Get Fast with Frozen
Frozen vegetables are perfectly healthy (as long as they don’t come in sauce). You can save prep time by buying frozen vegetables to add to your meals. You can microwave them and add them to soups, stews, pasta dishes, or use them as a side. The possibilities are endless! Plus, they’re already chopped up and ready to use, which saves you time when you’re trying to prepare nutritious food for you and your family.
You need to remember to eat the rainbow! Choose a variety of vegetables for your plate in all different colors. The more vibrant your plate, the more minerals and vitamins you’ll get. Try to include acorn squash, tomatoes, collard greens, sweet potatoes, and spinach on your plate. They taste great and are really good for your health.
Fresh vegetables will cost less if they’re in season where you live. Plus, they’ll be packed with more vitamins and minerals since they get to your table soon after they’re picked. The farther a food has to travel to get to you, the less nutritious it is. Check your local grocery store or farmer’s markets for produce that’s in season.
When You’re Out
If you’re having dinner away from home, then there’s no need to worry. You can make healthy choices while eating out. All you have to do is ask for an extra side of vegetables with your meal or for a salad instead of a fried side dish (or something smothered in cheese). Just make sure that any toppings and butter are left off and ask for sauces or dressings on the side.
Try Something New
When you see a vegetable at the store you’ve never had before, go for it! You may be surprised how much you like it and you’ll expand your palate. You can look up healthy recipes for whatever you choose.
You can't go wrong with fruits and vegetables in your diet, but these tips will help you get more of the good stuff!
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