Creative ways to eat fruits and veggies
Sometimes it’s hard to pack all of the recommended servings into a day, especially when you’re heeding the siren call of takeout lunches and restaurant dinners. Let’s call this phenomenon fruit-and-veggie fatigue-you hear your inner scold tell you to eat more plant-based foods, but you just can’t get your act together to do so because you’re either bored by apples or can’t be bothered to find a vegetable-laden main course at a restaurant.
But fear not-there are indeed creative, sensible ways to get seven to eight portions a day. Here’s how.
1. Always eat a salad with a restaurant dinner
Make it a point to order a salad loaded with chopped veggies such as tomatoes and cucumbers along with your usual less-wholesome restaurant choice, and you’ll be getting in a couple of servings of vegetables that you otherwise would likely have forgone. One cup of salad equals one serving, says Calgary-based registered dietitian Gillian Proctor-Ronald.
2. Grate fruit and veggies into food
Try cutting up some mango or pineapple and adding it to yogurt, or toss in some grated apple and muesli. Here’s a neat trick: Grate a thick carrot in about five seconds in the food processor using the grater blade and add handfuls to a potato or bean salad for an extra beta-carotene boost.