Amidst new reports from the Department of Health and Human Services and heavy speculation about a revision of that daily food pyramid everyone loves, people are scrambling more than ever to get their daily recommended amount of fruits and vegetables. According to Health and Human Services, the amount of fruit and veggie servings has been bumped up to (Eek!) nine servings from its previously low five-a-day. Ever wonder how you can easily sneak in those earthy vegetables, those dark leafy greens, those juicy and tantalizing fruits without extending too much effort? Here are a few super-easy (and kind of lazy) tips to eating healthy and meeting those dietary goals:
- Love cereal? How about tossing sliced bananas, strawberries, or blueberries (or all three!) into that hearty bowl. You will still have your beloved cereal just with a bonus of heart-healthy fruit.
- Love rice and beans? Try adding fruits (yes, fruits) and veggies to your rice dishes. Pineapple and mango wonderfully compliment spicy foods. Not too eager? Add tomatoes and broccoli to your rice instead.
- Change your plain cheese pizza to a veggie-lover’s dream! Add peppers, mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, and zucchini. Tack on pineapple, too!
- Encouraging fast food is a no-no, but since so many people are unable to live without the convenience, it is awesome to note that you can get salads at most fast-food restaurants now.
- Cut, dice, and slice your fruits and vegetables as soon as you get home from the market. Once you can immediately reach into the refrigerator and grab pre-cut watermelon, chopped onions, peppers, and celery the more likely it is that you will consume them.
- Smoothies. One of the simplest ways to get a ton of those fruits and veggies in at one time. Try a banana/strawberry combo, a delicious blackberry/blueberry/raspberry bonanza, or check out my green smoothie recipe here.
- Dried fruit is an excellent snack that packs a punch. Try dried cranberries or apricots when you need a quick pick-me-up at work or school.
- Reach for a 100% fruit-juice drink instead of soda when you feel sluggish. Naked Juice is a favorite. Visit their website here to check out all they have to offer
For more information, visit the Department of Health and Human Services