You can NEVER eat enough fruits and vegetables – your body absolutely craves them.
They’re loaded with the vitamins, nutrients, fiber and anti-oxidants our bodies need to function at maximum capacity. And best of all they contain little or no calories – so they fit into just about every healthy eating plan.
But truth be told you’re probably not eating nearly as much as you should be.
Be honest with yourself now – are you getting the recommended 5-9 servings of fresh fruits and veggies a day as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention?
Probably not – and I know I’m guilty of slipping up every once in a while. That’s why one day I sat down and decided to figure out a way to make sure I’d get at least 8-10 serving of fresh fruits or veggies every day – without fail.
I needed a sure fire road to succeed – so it had to be quick and easy.
So after 5 years of meditation sitting atop a snow covered peak in the mountains of Tibet contemplating my dilemma, I was finally able to come up with these 8 quick and easy tricks that make loading up on the fruits and veggies an absolute breeze…
- Buy a juicer – I can’t stress it enough! This is probably the single best tool in your arsenal to ensure that you’ll not only meet you’re daily recommended nutritional intake but exceed it. I drink at least one glass of fruit and vegetable juice every day – one for breakfast along with my eggs. And usually another one a few hours before dinner with a snack. Between those 2 glasses I get over 10 servings of fruits and veggies without any hassles!
- Kick up your morning breakfast cereal, oatmeal or yogurt with a nice selection of fresh fruits and berries. It’s quick and colorful and you’ll love the variety of flavors you can create!
- When you make vegetables for dinner make 2-3 times what you’d normally eat in one sitting so you have plenty of leftovers to snack on later – or you can enjoy them the next day with your bag lunch.
- You can incorporate hordes of vegetable combinations in just about any type of soup or stew you know how to prepare (even canned). To make my personal favorite I start with my mom’s chicken and rice soup recipe and then I mix in a bunch of carrots, green beans, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, peas and cabbage. It has everything your body craves.
- Try keeping your fruits and vegetables on one of the shelves in your refrigerator and use the crisper for all your junk foods. Most people usually grab the first thing they see when they’re having a little late night snack attack. And believe me – a grape here, a strawberry there, it all adds up.
- Next time you’re making yourself a sandwich make sure and load it up with a ton of fresh veggies. You can use lettuce, alfalfa sprouts, tomatoes, peppers, onions, olives, spinach even avocados – it turns a simple sandwich into a nutritious masterpiece. An for a side dish skip the chips and opt for a fruit cup instead.
- I have a crock-pot and there’s nothing I love more than putting together a nice pot roast and letting it cook while I’m at the office – so why not throw in a ton of veggies right? I usually use mushrooms, onions, peppers, green beans, squash, carrots, tomatoes, celery and egg plant. And if you don’t own a crock-pot you don’t know what you’re missing!
Next time you rent a movie and you’re in the mood for a little something to much on while you watch – try throwing together a quick hearty salsa to dip your chips in. And cut up pieces of fruit and veggies make a terrific snack. Just make sure they’re cut into bite size pieces and you won’t be able to keep your hands off. And even the kids will love it.
So pretty painless right? A little bit here and a little bit there – it all adds up at the end of the day. It adds up big time!
And being that vegetables are a nearly perfect food source – you should be trying to get as much inside you as you possibly can every single day.
Your body will thank you.
Best Life Herbals
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