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It goes without saying that we all know we should incorporate more fruits and vegetables into our daily diet. But often it is much easier to reach for that sugar laden snack that is already prepared. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. I definitely have had moments when fruits and vegetables have been scarce in my daily diet. Luckily though, I have found ways in which to incorporate my 5 a day, or even more, into my daily meals!
Many people have said that they simply do not like certain fruits and vegetables and thats why they opt to avoid them like the plague. It may be to the general dislike of the taste, or the lack of knowledge in how to prepare the food.
Below are some tips and tricks on how to include healthy foods into your daily diet. I have included links to the recipes ( otherwise this post would be way too long!)
Juice & Water
Water is absolutely vital in order to remain hydrated. Not to mention that it aids in all your bodily functions- the body is made up of 70% water! The amount that each person drinks and needs is different. Some drink 2L a day whilst others drink barely any water. For people who don’t like the taste of water, simply add fruit, lemon, mint or cucumber in order to flavour the water. This way the water will taste great and hopefully you will be able to drink more of it!
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Fruit juice isn’t the healthiest of options. Many are filled with sugar despite companies stating that they are healthy options. It’s best to freshly squeeze your own juice (or buy freshly squeezed juice), or you can dilute the juice with water.
Smoothies are one of the best ways to sneak some extra vegetables and fruit into a meal. This is especially great for kids who hate their greens! Berries, dates, kale and spinach are great in smoothies. Try this smoothie.
Soups are an instant comfort food and ideal for the upcoming winter months. It’s easy to get many vegetables into one soup. The great thing is that soups can be very filling and sometimes low in calories too. This butternut soup is one of my favourite recipes ever!
A tomato based pasta sauce is always delicious with spaghetti or penne. I find that many green vegetable are rather bland, so cooking them in a delicious tomato sauce definitely means that I am able to eat more greens.
Vegetables in place of “carbs”
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Vegetables contain carbohydrates, but a very small amount. Now I absolutely love the traditional carbs such as rice, potatoes and pasta and will not be giving those up any time soon. But as an alternate to upping your vegetable intake, rice, potatoes or pasta can be substituted with a vegetable alternate. Think zoodles. I’ll forgive you if you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know what zoodles are. Zucchini spiralled, or more commonly known as zoodles, are a great alternate to noodles. They can be eaten just as you would regular noodles with a sauce. I do suggest eating them cooked or steamed though as I’m not a big fan of raw zoodles. First time hearing of zoodles? Then this recipe is ideal for you.
Using some of these tips as well as the recipes will ensure that you up your daily vegetable intake.
Do you have any tips or tricks to incorporate more vegetable into your diet?