The Power of Plants!

EAT YOUR FRUITS & VEGGIES!!

We all know this…right?  The fact is most of us don’t get enough.

Val and I like to promote vegetarian and vegan eating because we really believe in it, for a number of reasons.  We also know that no one likes to be lectured.  Nobody wants to have the finger wagging at them to eat your fruits and veggies so we try to give you some options that will be delicious and they just happen to be vegetarian or vegan dishes.

More and more, scientists and researchers are finding that eating a diet rich in vegetables and fruits is the best approach in preventing overall chronic disease.  The evidence based research points to choosing plants rich in color for their high nutrient and antioxidant content for protection against disease.

We know that life gets busy and time is at a premium for most of us, so we wanted to bring you some handy dandy tips on how to maximize your weekly intake of plant based foods!

Believe us, we know it can be a daunting task, especially at first, but the more you introduce them into your daily meals, the easier it becomes and it is a whole lot easier to do this than to fix or live with a chronic disease after the fact.

Look at it from a different perspective; would you rather make easy changes now to improve your overall health for the future, or deal with chronic and possibly life threatening issues later?  It is an investment in you.

and you know what ‘they’ say….

YOU’RE WORTH IT 😉

Sooooo….here are 20 tips to bring more fruits and vegetables into your everyday life!cropped-cropped-10552446_10154349923055433_6044061957097440534_n2.jpg

  1. When grocery shopping buy a range of fruits and vegetables so that you have lots of choice throughout the week.
  2. Keep a fruit bowl on your kitchen counter.
  3. Place a bowl of cut up vegetables on the top shelf of your fridge.
  4. Keep fruits and vegetables in the fridge where you can see them.
  5. Use vegetables and fruits that expire quickly first such as berries, asparagus etc..
  6. Stock up on frozen fruits and vegetables so that you have a convenient option available.
  7. Add fresh vegetables and fruit to all meals either in salad, cut-up or in a soup.
  8. Add extra varieties of vegetables when you prepare soups, casseroles or sauces such as grated zucchini, carrots or kale.
  9. Freeze loads of blueberries/strawberries when they are in season or buy in bulk to freeze to use in smoothies, fruit sauces, oatmeal etc.
  10. Choose fresh fruit for dessert.
  11. Increase the serving size of vegetables at meals.
  12. If short on time, try visiting a salad bar at a grocery store to provide a ready to eat option.
  13. Whenever you leave the house to shop or travel, carry fresh fruit and or cut up vegetables for snacking.
  14. Make a large vegetable or fruit salad and seal with a tight fitting lid for multiple serving options.
  15. Pick one new fruit of veggie to try every week.  Some you may like, some you may not, but this will expand your taste and you just may find something you love!
  16. If you have small kids, make a game out of picking a new veggie or fruit for the whole family to try.  
  17. If you’re making fruit smoothies, try adding some greens to them.  The sweetness of the fruits will take away any bitterness you may taste in the greens, especially if you’re giving them to kids.
  18. Salads don’t just have to be lettuce, tomato and cucumber. Trying different greens and adding some berries, nuts, seeds or even some chickpeas or quinoa to your salads will give you a hearty meal.
  19. Try a vegetarian restaurant.  There are some amazing vegetarian and vegan restaurants popping up everywhere.  The best thing about trying out these places is that you get to see just how delicious plant based meals can be.
  20. Start today!  No time like the present to getting on the road to a healthier you.  Small changes you make today can make a huge difference later 🙂 
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