It’s no surprise to any of us that we need to eat more fruits and vegetables’and these days, forget your five servings a day; for adult women, Health Canada suggests more like nine.
I don’t know about you, but I’ve never had a problem getting enough fruit’it’s my favourite food, and it’s convenient and easy, and good for breakfast or snacks. Vegetables are another matter, though. At dinner, I’m good, but at other meals, it takes some effort to boost my intake.
One thing I do is I try to eat at least one decent-sized salad a day, with lots of different ingredients. They’re easy to make for a packed lunch and there are tons of flavour combinations. (Check out these reader tips on making delicious salads.)
Another thing is to eat smoothies regularly. Again, this is more of a fruit thing, but I’ve recently discovered an amazing trick: you can add a cup or two of fresh spinach to a smoothie and it just gets ground up into little bits and you don’t even taste it. This would work with other greens, too, depending on the flavour, and it’s similar to the juice options I often choose to buy: many ready-made juice and smoothie companies have a green flavour that’s got extra nutrients in it.
But I need more tips, and that’s where you come in. How do you boost your intake of vegetables without feeling like a rabbit?
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