Eat More Fruits And Vegetables With These Three Secret Strategies
One of the easiest ways to improve your overall health and nutrition is to focus on foods that have a low caloric load, while having a high nutrient density. Basically, you want as many nutrients per calorie of food as possible. The most nutrient dense foods we have are vegetables, and some fruits (but not all). Although fruits are very nutrient dense, they can be high in calories and sugar, which can be problematic if you are trying to shed body fat.
When it comes to healthy eating and snacking it’s all about convenience and having things readily available. These three secrets will help encourage you and your family to eat more fruits and vegetables. So, let’s jump right in.
Secret #1 – Buy Prepackaged
One of the biggest reasons people say they don’t eat more fruits and vegetables is because they don’t have the time to prepare them. That’s really not an acceptable excuse anymore because today you can just about buy anything, including fruits and vegetables, in prepackaged, ready to go servings/containers. This option will cost you a bit more because you’re paying for convenience but if you truly don’t have the time, this is a great way to make sure you have access to fruits and vegetables quickly and easily.
Secret #2 – Prepare ahead of time
If you don’t like secret #1 because you don’t want to spend the extra money to buy convenience (and face it, you will pay more for the convenience of prepackaged, ready to go items) then this secret is for you. In this case, you’re going to buy a bunch of fruits and veggies but instead of putting everything away when you get home, you’re going to immediately take action.
Meaning, for the veggies you’re going to wash, cut and put in individual sized snack bags or easy to access containers (see through Tupperware type containers work great) so that when you do want to snack, it will already be cut up and ready for you. For fruit, if you bought something like a pineapple for example, take the time now to prepare it so when you do want it, it will be ready. It might take a bit of time to do this all at once, but it will be worth it in the long run when you and your family can just go the fridge and grab a healthy snack that’s already prepared.
Secret #3 – Place a fruit bowl on the counter or in the middle of the table
This secret works better for fruit than it does for vegetables but there are some vegetables you could do this with as well. Putting a bowl of fruit in the center of the table or out on the countertop where it is easily seen and easily accessible, makes it more likely that you and your family will grab it to snack on. Think about the old saying out of sight, out of mind. It’s true. If you can’t see the fruit, you’re less likely to reach for it. Make it easy on yourself and your family and place it where you’ll see it as soon as you walk into the kitchen.
As you can see these three secrets are an easy way to encourage you and your family to eat more fruits and veggies – something that most of us need to start doing! Keep in mind, if your goal is fat loss, limit your fruit intake, and focus on darker fruits like berries over starchy fruits like bananas.
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