3 ways to get more fruit and veg into your day
We all know that eating a rainbow of fruit and vegetables each day is a good way of ensuring our bodies are getting the nutrients we need to stay healthy.
Unfortunately, with so many easy to eat snacks, it doesn't take much to distract us from a shiny apple or a crunchy carrot. Processed foods and snacks like potato chips and confectionery as well as soft drinks and juices can all be high in sugar, salt and other additives.
If you're at the supermarket and you pick up a product, do you need a chemistry degree to make sense of the ingredients? If the answer is yes, then you can be almost certain that there are some unnatural additives in there.
While it would be difficult to eliminate highly processed food from our diets entirely, one way of bringing back some balance is to switch out unhealthy snacks and sneak some fruit and veg into your Onya Weigh produce bags and back into your diet.
Here are three ways to do just that.
Breakfast is a prime time to maximise on that produce potential. If you usually grab a carbohydrate-loaded bowl of cereal, try adding sliced banana or berries to the mix, as well as choosing a low sugar, high fibre cereal.
Toast lovers could try the classic bananas and honey on toast, or for a savoury touch, try crushing some avocado with a sprinkling of sea salt on your whole grain bread. Greek yoghurt and fruit are also a winning pair – toss in chopped up fruit like kiwi, melon, berries and banana with a dusting of ground nuts or oats to add texture.
It's so easy to munch on a biscuit or two, or grab a chocolate bar. Pre-empting your snack time cravings can help you stay away from unhealthy options. Fruit is easy, requiring little preparation, and packing heaps of natural goodness and flavour. Veggie snacks can be just as tasty – slice up some raw carrot, cucumber, zucchini or celery. You can even dip them in some homemade hummus for extra flavour.
Instead of reaching for a soft drink full of artificial flavours and colours, how about mixing up your own juice or smoothie? Pour into your stainless steel drink bottle and you're good to go!
At lunch and dinner
It's easy to neglect our vegetables at lunch and dinner times. During the warmer months, a colourful salad can help you get those lovely leafy greens into your day, as well as providing a burst of colour with carrot, capsicum and tomato (yes, we know the last two are technically fruit).
For a quick and easy fix on cooler days, a homemade soup full of vegetables like minestrone or creamy mushroom, carrot or onion can keep vegetables represented in your diet.