We all know how important it is to get fruit and vegetables into our diet. But, as we all know, it is easier said than done when we lead such busy lives. However, it is important. Not only is it great for maintaining weight but it is good for our long term health.
We at Planet Pharmacy want to give you 5 very easy ways with which to get your five a day. It works out actually to a total of about 2½ cups. That’s the minimum anyway – if you can manage more then fantastic.
Here are some ideas to help you get into the 5-a-day (or more!) habit:
1. Start with the first meal of the day.
Breakfast is a great way to start the fruit and veggies rolling. Have a banana with your cereal – it really sweetens up a bowl of cornflakes or bran flakes. This can also work with berries and apples – have a mixture of all and you’ve already had a 1-3 of your fruits before you’ve left the house.
Don’t forget that orange juice counts too — but only if you drink 100% juice. (Limit juice to 1 or 2 servings a day). Continue this pattern by eating vegetables at lunch and at dinner.
2. Get extra energy from fruit or vegetable snacks.
There’s a good source of carbohydrates in fruit and vegetables which will provide valuable energy source for getting you through the rest of the day. Combining with some protein such as a piece of cheese, yoghurt and you’ll have some serious staying power through the day.
3. Double up on fruit and veggie servings.
Recommended servings tend to be ½ cup so just double it to one cup and there of course aren’t extra calories and you’ll feel fuller for longer, which will stop that after work picking that destroys the waistline!
4. Use fruit and vegetables as ingredients.
Enjoy potatoes? Then mash your potatoes with some broccoli and cauliflower. Use applesauce instead of oil for your baked goods – pretty cool huh! If your cooking up a good old fashioned chili then chop up some veggies like peppers, carrots, peas and toss them in – a great way to get your veggies without tasting them too much if you’re not really a lover of veggies in the first place.
5. Try a new fruit, vegetable, or recipe each week.
There’s nothing like a bit of variety so try something different each week. You never know you might find a new favourity. Try the local fruit from your area – they’re normally fresher than imported fruits and can taste better.
GOOD LUCK WITH IT AND REMEMBER – STAY HEALTHY!