You may have read my previous posts and know that I am making June my month of Health & Wellness. That means looking at my overall health through exercise, diet and mental health. So far for the month, I’ve outlined what my approach will be and given you a general idea. In this post I would like to look at ways we can increase our fruit and vegetable intake to keep fit and fabulous!
Recently, the CSIRO reported that one in two Australians are NOT eating enough fruit and vegetables. The CSIRO Healthy Diet Score showed that those adults who ate more fruit and vegetables scored higher.
“Increasing the amount of fruit and vegetables we eat is one of the simplest ways Australians can improve their health and wellbeing today as well as combat the growing rates of obesity and lifestyle diseases such as heart disease, Type 2 diabetes and a third of all cancers,” Professor Noakes explained.
We know that we should be eating more fruit and in particular vegetables but sometimes they can become boring. I’ve listed below 5 quick ways you can increase your veggie intake without too much effort – and we all like that don’t we?
5 ways to increase your daily veggie intake
1. Drink Your Veggies
This is a quick a fast way to get your daily intake. Just throw your veggies into the blender and ‘drink’ your veggies.
2. Stir Frys
This is a quick meal to put together. Just chop up whatever you have in the fridge and stir fry. I love onions, capsicums (red or green peppers), zuchinni, eggplant, carrots, snow peas, beans – anything really.
Remember not to overcook as the vegetables will lose their nutritional value the more you cook them. Get creative if you wish with different sauces (although remember these can add calories).
3. Au Naturale
As I mentioned in #2, overcooking vegetables is a no-no if you want to retain the nutritional value. Try eating vegetables raw – yes even cauliflower and broccoli can taste delicious raw and serve them with a hummus dip. Delicious and healthy!
Nothing tastes better in winter than a hearty vegetable soup. Again, chop up what vegetables you have, add some stock, your favourite herbs and a tin of peeled tomatoes and you have the makings of a yummy minestrone.
I love frittatas and they are quick and easy to make. Here is the recipe to my favourite – you can make one large one or individuals for lunches or snacks. Individual Frittatas with spinach, capsicum and mushroom
It is important to include as many colours as you can as I wrote in my post, Simple Ways to Rejuvenate Yourself #1 – Make healthier food choices
Do you eat enough fruit and vegetables? Why not take the Healthy Diet Score through this link to find out https://my.totalwellbeingdiet.com/healthy-diet-score