It’s been said by government agencies that meeting recommendations for fruit and vegetable intake could be the single most important improvement we could make to our nutritional health.
Plant foods are rich sources of fibre, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and a whole host of bioactive compounds too numerous to list.
The simple way to get these nutrients into your diet, is to get vegetables or fruits into every meal and snack.
With a little planning, its totally achievable, and there are two good ways to keep yourself on target – a checklist or a visual picture.
If your a checklist kinda person – its as simple as 2 & 5. Two serves of fruits and five serves of veg (around 1/2 c cooked veg or 1 c salad is a serve). And try not to leave it until dinner time to catch up on your veggies – make them feature in other meals or snacks in the day! (Little people may need a little less, check out the AGHE for more info.)
If you’re more visual, look at each eating opportunity you have – both meals and snacks – and try to make sure almost half of what you consume (or feed your families) is made up of fruit or vegetables.
But to make all of this happen, fruits and vegetables need to be the bulk of your food purchases. So look at your grocery shop in the same way – is half your trolley, basket or delivery made up of fruit and veg? Lots of companies now deliver fresh fruit and veg directly to your door, so you can always have a good supply at hand.
We tried out this delish family friendly stir fry from our food delivery last week. We liked it so much we had it again this week, served with edamame on the side (for even more veg) and amped up the flavours with coriander, chili, and extra lime and shallots.
This week, plan ahead to make it happen- grow more, buy more, prep more, and pack more, to eat more fruit and veg!
🌿 Angela @ Bloom