Easy Ways To Add More Fruit And Vegetables To Your Diet
April 13, 2015
We are always being reminded that we should be eating plenty of fruit and vegetables. The health benefits associated with these ingredients are clear. However, some obstacles make it difficult for many of us to achieve the recommended five-a-day. For example, buying lots of fruit and vegetables can be expensive, and some ingredients can be difficult and time-consuming to prepare. The good news is that there are ways to overcome these hurdles.
Whether you want to lose weight or you just want to eat better, these pointers will help you increase the amount of fruit and vegetables in your diet.
Buy locally and in season:
Buying fruit and vegetables from the supermarket is expensive. This is especially true when you are buying products that are sourced from exotic parts of the world and those that are out of season. If you only buy locally produced seasonal ingredients you will reduce your shopping bill. Farmer’s markets and local stalls will usually only supply seasonal produce, and their prices tend to be less than supermarket prices.
Don’t always peel:
For many fruit and vegetables, most of the fibre and nutrients are contained within the skin. If you feel you don’t have the time or patience to peel fruit and vegetables, the good news is a lot of the time you don’t have to. Potatoes, carrots, parsnips, kiwi fruits, watermelon and bananas all have edible and nutritious rinds. Once they’ve had a good wash, they are good to go!
Avoid packaged items:
Fruit and veggies that are sold in fancy packaging should be avoided. You will pay more for the packaging that will only end up in the bin in any case. Stick to loose items wherever possible.
Eat it raw:
If you are short on time, eat your veggies as they come. Carrot, celery and cucumber sticks make a healthy and easy snack that will keep you going through the day.
Seek out the deals:
Buying online can make it easier to spot the best deals on fruit and vegetables. Take advantage of money off or buy one get one free deals on the fruit and vegetables that you like.
Although delicately glazed carrots and perfectly poached pears are delicious, they are fussy and time-consuming ways to cook. You’ll get just as tasty and nutritious a result if you toss in lots of root veg into your lamb casserole or blend up a variety of fresh fruit and veg to make a smoothie. Leave the fancy techniques for the weekend, or just to the professionals.
Make the most of your ingredients:
If you cost is getting in the way of you reaching your five-a-day, try to make the most of your ingredients. Vegetable tops and tails, leaves, peelings and stalks can be popped into boiling water to create a delicious vegetable stock. And fruit and vegetable peelings can be roasted in the oven to make healthy crisps.
As you can see, it is easy to increase your intake of fruit and vegetables when you know how to cut costs and corners.
See you next time!