We all know that we should be eating more fruit and vegetables but with a modern, busy life it can be hard to squeeze in your five a day. It’s all too easy to grab something to throw in the microwave or simply grab a takeaway on the way home but with a few tweaks to your daily lifestyle it can be easier than you think to get your daily dose of vitamins.
Cooking shouldn’t be a chore but when you’re pushed for time it can be the last thing on your mind, home cooked food is always best and ‘batch cooking’ can be a godsend for when you want to just pull something out of the freezer and heat it up knowing that it’s good for you.
1 – Start your day right. If you tend to just grab a yoghurt or bowl of cereal in the morning, add some extra goodness by chopping up some soft fruit such as banana, peaches, plums and for crunch, an apple. These fruits work particularly well in porridge which is a great healthy start to the day.
2 – Add extra crunch at lunch. We all know that salads, soups and sandwiches aren’t the most exciting thing in the world but they’re the easiest way to up your veggie intake. Pack your sandwiches with tomatoes, cucumber and onion for more flavour and texture and bulk out salads with roasted winter vegetables. Soups are also great for getting in more nutrition, simply add any vegetables you have in with some stocked, season with salt and pepper and blend!
3 – Smoothly does it. A great way of using up any fruit or vegetables that are on the turn is by blending them all with some apple juice and making a healthy smoothie. Kids love them too and when it’s warm out you can freeze them and make smoothie ice pops! Liven up green juices by adding ginger and lemon, bursting with health benefits and packed full of flavour you really can’t go wrong.
4 – Swap sweets for fruit snacks. Whilst sometimes only a chocolate will do, instead of grabbing a whole bar of the sugary stuff try a healthier dark chocolate melted over strawberries or banana. You’re still getting your chocolate fix but you’re getting a vitamin hit too with the fruit and you’ll find you’ll be fuller too. Frozen grapes are also a delicious alternative to ice pops in the summer and also go well in smoothies.
5 – Add vegetables or salad to your evening meal. No evening meal should be complete without a side of vegetables or salad and with supermarkets now stocking more exotic varieties it’s fun to experiment with new tastes and textures. Don’t be shy to play around with dressings, food should always be delicious no matter how healthy it is. A great way of getting more vegetables into your diet is blending them into sauces, add a few aubergines or courgettes and peppers to a pasta sauce and be amazed and just how delicious it is.