Easy Ways to Eat Your Fruits & Vegetables

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I’ve noticed that in the past year, I’ve eaten a lot less meat and a lot more fruits and vegetables.  It wasn’t a fully conscious decision because I’ve never been a big meat-eater.  I’ve learned a lot of different ways to enjoy fresh produce and carbs, and I’m addicted!  Every time I eat, I have one simple rule: eat something green.  Spinach is my go-to for everything.  I throw it in my pastas, burgers, and sandwiches.  My favorite way to eat vegetables is to roast them!  (Recipe on the bottom).  It’s such a simple way to prepare them and it brings out their natural sweetness and makes them so delicious.  But I totally get that not every one eats vegetables everyday for various reasons (i.e. they hate it).  If you’re looking for some ideas to help you incorporate more fruits and vegetables everyday, here are my suggestions.  Now, you have no excuse to not eat them.

Step #1: BUY MORE FRUITS & VEGETABLES

Step #2: EAT THEM.

I’m kidding. (totally not kidding).

Food Ideas

– Eat them raw!  Fruits and vegetables have such great natural sweetness and flavors.  Don’t go to the supermarkets because they’re produce can be just BLAH.  Check out your local farmers’ market to get the best seasonal produce.

– Substitute meat for veggies.  Meaty vegetables like portabello mushrooms are great for burgers and sandwiches.  Try making eggplant parmesan instead of chicken parmesan.

– Toss them into EVERYTHING: cereal, pancakes, oatmeal, pastas, rice, soup, salads, yogurt, eggs etc.

– Blend it!  Making smoothies is hands-down the EASIEST way to get your daily serving of fruits and vegetables.

– Juice it!  Fresh juice without added sugar?  Yes please!

– Build a giant salad.  So many salads are so boring with iceberg lettuce and ranch dressing (wah-wah).  Toss in beans, fruit, fresh produce, and nuts to add great flavor and textures to your exciting salad.

– Pizzas are the perfect canvas to feature vegetables!  Just pass on the heavy cream sauce.

– Roast them.  See below 🙂

Roasted Vegetables Recipe

Any vegetable, chopped even
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.  In the meantime, chop your vegetables into bite size pieces.  LIGHTLY coat the vegetables with olive oil, salt, and pepper.  Spread the vegetables in an even single layer on a baking sheet pan.  Roast the vegetables for approximately 15-20 minutes until they are tender.

Enjoy!

Thomas Ngo
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
Dietetic Intern

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