Fruits and vegetables fill you up with their fiber. Most have very few calories. So … eat more, lose more, right?
Yeah, actually. It can be that simple, if they replace higher-calorie foods. So why don’t we do it? Maybe because we don’t like vegetables. Maybe because they spoil before we can prepare them all so we don’t buy them. Maybe because we’re just not used to eating them.
Well we’ve got tips for all that this week. If you have a problem with rotting vegetables, check out “Vegetables Spoiling too Quickly? Tips When Cooking for One or Two.” If you don’t like fruits and vegetables or just don’t know how you can get more in your diet, ”How to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables: Quick, Easy, Healthy Ideas” should hit the spot. You’ll find easy, common-sense, totally useable ideas, such as:
- Toss fruit into things you’re already making, like oatmeal or cereal.
- Create your own salad bar, or build your own pizza. Try red, green, orange and yellow bell peppers; mushrooms; broccoli; spinach; zucchini; and pineapple cubes.
- Keep small plastic bags with single servings of cherries or grapes in your refrigerator to make fruit as easy to grab as a bag of chips.
- Bring five pieces of fruit to work every Monday for pick-me-ups—and more energy than vending-machine fare. (Add a little protein, like peanut butter, to help stay full.)
- At work, have a contest. Challenge each other to eat 4½ cups of fruits and veggies daily. Have a drawing for each person who records his or her intake for a month. See who can eat the most colors. Sample each other’s recipes, including fruit-based desserts.
Are you hungry yet? I am!
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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of MyFamilyDoctorMag.com.