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Easy Ways to Add more Fruit and Vegetables into Your Diet Plan


Adding more fruit and vegetables to your diet plan is a great way to pack in the nutrients and increase your water intake. Fruit and vegetables offer an array of different vitamins and other nutrients without adding too many calories. And they also have a high water content, making them a perfect choice if you are looking to increase your water intake in a natural and fortifying way.

Although with any diet plan, sometimes adding fruit and vegetables can be difficult and time consuming. Here are some easy tips that you can use to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet plan.

Pre-pack fruits and vegetables for easy snacking.
Sometimes it may seem easier to pick up a bag of chips for a snack because it comes packaged into a handy little serving. Consider packaging your own fruit and vegetables into handy little serving sizes, this will make it easier for you to snack healthier and make a good contribution to your diet plan. Some vegetables such as celery sticks, carrot sticks, cucumbers, and other tiny pieces of fruit and vegetables seem almost made for snack packing. Use little sandwich ziplock baggies or small tupperware containers to pre-package your own healthy snacks!

Blend well for a meal or big snack.
Consider rewarding yourself with a fruit smoothie or vegetable juice drink for one of your meals or a snack. Try to avoid smoothie places where they add cream, sugar, and other additives. A pure fruit smoothie is best for your diet plan, any additives would be counterproductive to your diet plan. Better yet, consider using your blender to make your own smoothies at home! By blending your own smoothies, you can control exactly what goes into them and you can experiment with different fruit and vegetables to come up with your own favorite recipes.

Try fruit and vegetables in other ways.
If you often buy too much fruit and too many vegetables that end up going bad because they are not eaten soon enough, then consider mixing things up a little bit and getting dried fruit snacks or canned vegetables. This helps to preserve the fruit and vegetables longer and give you more flexibility in your eating and cooking habits.

Go big, once a week.
On your day off work, consider making a huge salad that you can eat throughout the week to assist in maintaining a healthy diet plan. If washing your lettuce, spinach, and other leafy greens doesn't sound like fun, then consider getting a nice sized pre-packaged salad for the base and add your own goodies to it. Get a large tupperware container, dump the salad in there and add your own fresh tomatoes, mushrooms, olives, cucumbers, red onions, etc... This will dress up your salad and give you no excuse for not eating healthy during the week.

Pay for convenience.
Sometimes paying a little extra for conveniently packaged fruit and vegetables is worth it especially when you are maintaining a good diet plan and are low on time. Some salads come pre-washed and ready to eat, reducing your prep time to nearly nothing. Cafes and delis usually carry pre-packaged fruit salads and fruit snacks that you can pick up on the go instead chips or a candy bar - so consider your choices when making them out of convenience.


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Comments

Jul 6, 2009 3:06pm
anders
Juicing is my number one way to increase the fruit and veg content of my diet. Makes it easy to consume far more than I could actually eat. For breakfast today I've just made myself some carrot and orange juice (3 of each). So before I even leave the house I've had six servings of fruit and vegetables.

I'm just off to check out some more of your barrels!

Cheers,
Jun 27, 2010 12:41am
Sookie
I really like the idea of making healthy salads ahead of time that you can just toss in a container for lunch. Great article!
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