How many servings of fruits and vegetables do you eat a day? How many of those servings are raw? Do you even know how much you should eat or what a serving size is? How do you incorporate them easily into your diet? Keep reading to find out how easy it is to incorporate lots of fruits and veggies into your diet without a lot of hassle.
My goal is to create a movement of ridiculously healthy happy people and healthy happy people eat their fruits and vegetables everyday; and lots of them! We're busy people and most have tried to follow diet plans that are life consuming rather than life-giving. I say, "Keep it simple, Silly!"
Here are some tips for you!
1. Forget about counting servings and stressing over how much a serving size is. Serving sizes vary from veggie to veggie and fruit to fruit so it's pointless and causes more stress. Don't look at calorie and fat content either. We have to renew our minds in that area but we'll talk more about that in a class.
2. Make a smoothie in the morning! A smoothie is a great way to add both fruits and veggies to your diet. Start with a great blender such as a Vitamix. Add almond milk, banana, some berries, kale and carrot with some chia seeds. You won't taste the kale with the banana! The great thing about a breakfast smoothie is that you can take it to go if needed. I make a big one and drink half before I workout and half after.
3. Add Greens to your diet. Stop buying cheap multivitamins or expensive ones that your body can't do much with anyway and get a quality whole food powder. I wrote an article awhile back on how to choose a good brand, make sure you read it. Not all products are good! Mix a serving with organic Pineapple juice or water once you get used to the taste. This will provide you with a ton of bio available vitamins and minerals. Have a glass in the morning and afternoon for a quick and easy energy boost.
4. Eat salad with lunch and dinner. Cut your veggies ahead of time so it's quick and easy to throw together at meal time. Don't use prepared salad dressings unless your read the labels carefully and choose one that is sugar and chemical free. Lemon juice, garlic and olive oil make a great dressing and you don't have to pre-mix it.
5. Juice your veggies! Juicing is a great way to get nutrients and enzymes from veggies in a concentrated way. If you don't have a juicer, buy a quality one. If you can't afford a quality one, check Craigs List or save up. It's worth it! I have a Green Star Elite and I love it! It juices greens with ease, it's masticating, and low heat. These are important things to look at when choosing a juicer. If you don't have a juicer or don't want to mess with it, go to your local health food store and buy a fresh made vegetable juice. Don't get pre-made or packaged juice, it's pasteurized and therefore, it doesn't have enzymes or much nutrition. They also have chemicals and a lot of other junk! Rule of thumb; Juice your veggies, eat your fruit!
6. Have a piece of fruit instead of a sugary snack. Keep fresh organic fruit in the house and keep an apple with you when you're out and about.
7. Serve up some sliced veggies and hummus. Try red bell peppers, radishes, cucumbers, jicama, carrots.
8. Plan ahead so you always have plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables on hand. When I get to the store, I order a green juice and drink it while I'm shopping or one my way home. That's about 5 servings plus of vegetables, if you're still keeping track.
With a bit of planning, it's really easy to load up on the good stuff!
You're Worth It!!!