When it comes to eating fruits and veggies, my motto is ‘there’s no such thing as too much.’ But I understand that sometimes it can be tricky to find new ways to incorporate them into your diet. I get it—we all have our go-to meals for lunch or dinner and maybe even snack time. But what if we could make those same old meals more exciting by adding some fruits or vegetables? Here are 9 creative ways you can make sure you’re getting your daily dose of produce!
- Add sliced bananas to your oatmeal.
- Make a smoothie with spinach and add in some matcha powder.
- Chop up some parsley and add it to your scrambled eggs.
- Use steamed kale as a wrap for your sandwich.
- Have tomato soup with added fresh basil leaves.
- Prepare an Asian rice bowl with added sauteed greens, nuts, and carrots.
- Make a fruit salad instead of just having one apple or banana as a snack.
- Grate zucchini into muffin batter when no one is looking.
- You can be creative and find ways to eat fruit and veggies on the daily
Add sliced bananas to your oatmeal.
Bananas are a good source of fiber, potassium, vitamin B6 and vitamin C. They also contain small amounts of other vitamins and minerals.
- Fiber: Bananas contain an average of 3 grams of fiber per medium banana (about 7 inches long).
- Potassium: One medium banana contains 422 mg of potassium, which is slightly more than one-third of the recommended daily intake from the USDA’s 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Because bananas have such a high concentration of this mineral, eating them daily can help reduce your risk for high blood pressure and stroke due to their ability to reduce sodium levels in your bloodstream by helping you excrete more salt through urine. Additionally, bananas are digested quickly compared to other fruits; so if you’re looking for something on the go that will fill you up without slowing down digestion speed look no further!
- Vitamin B6: Bananas also contain some amount of this essential vitamin with nearly 10% coming from just one large fruit. Vitamin B6 plays important roles throughout our bodies including acting as a cofactor (helping enzymes) during brain development as well as being required in order for serotonin production which helps regulate moods.
Make a smoothie with spinach and add in some matcha powder.
- Add spinach to your smoothie. Spinach is packed with iron, which is great for boosting circulation, healing wounds, and maintaining a healthy immune system.
- Throw some spinach into an omelet. If you’re not a fan of eating raw foods, try adding some cooked spinach to your egg dishes. This way it’ll be easier for you to get the nutrients from this leafy green without having any unwanted flavors or textures in your food (unless you like those things).
- Use spinach as a salad dressing! Spinach can also be used as a salad dressing—just toss it with vinegar, garlic cloves, and olive oil, then refrigerate overnight before serving on top of fresh greens like kale or romaine lettuce. This is an easy way to add more nutrients to your diet!
Chop up some parsley and add it to your scrambled eggs.
Parsley is one of the most versatile herbs around. It can be used as a garnish and even added to salads, but it’s also perfect for making pesto or smoothies.
Chop up some parsley, add it to your scrambled eggs, and you’ve got yourself a delicious breakfast!
Use steamed kale as a wrap for your sandwich.
Try using steamed kale as a wrap for your sandwich. It’s an easy way to get in some greens and add a little bulk, too. If you want to be fancy, use a lettuce leaf instead of kale! Add avocado or hummus if you really want to go all out with this one.
If you are feeling extra hungry, add chicken or turkey meat on top of the veggies for more protein. You can also throw in some fruit-infused water!
If veggies aren’t your thing but the fruit is, try adding mint and cucumber when it’s hot outside (mint helps cool down your body). Oranges or strawberries work well in cold weather (they keep you warm).
Have tomato soup with added fresh basil leaves.
Tomato soup is a delicious and hearty meal that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. For an added boost, add some fresh basil leaves to your tomato soup for an even better taste!
Basil is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C. It also adds a lot of flavor to this dish, so don’t hesitate to add some if you want it to taste even better than usual!
Prepare an Asian rice bowl with added sauteed greens, nuts, and carrots.
You can use a rice cooker, a wok, a nonstick pan, and a large pot or small pot to steam the vegetables. A steamer would also work well. If you don’t have access to these tools, you can use the microwave or pressure cooker to cook your food quickly and easily. To save even more time while reducing exposure to harmful chemicals found in typical cooking utensils like plastic containers or aluminum pans that leach into foods when heated above 350 degrees Fahrenheit (177 Celsius), consider using an eco-friendly slow cooker instead of conventional methods such as stove top cooking or microwaving which often require more energy than necessary because they require constant monitoring until everything is done cooking properly!
Make a fruit salad instead of just having one apple or banana as a snack.
- Add some berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries) for a burst of flavor and texture.
- Add some nuts for crunchiness (macadamias, almonds).
- Add some yogurt for creaminess and protein.
- Season with ginger, cinnamon, or cardamom—these spices are healthy and will give your fruit salad an added kick without overpowering its flavor.
- Sprinkle on flaxseed—it adds extra nutrients like omega-3 fatty acids that can improve your heart health! You can also add any other dried or fresh herb you like (like basil or mint).
Grate zucchini into muffin batter when no one is looking.
It’s a great way to sneak in veggies, especially if you’re trying to lose weight or eat more healthfully. Zucchini is low in calories, but it’s also a good source of vitamins A and C, iron, and fiber. It can be used in place of noodles in lasagna dishes or as an alternative to bread crumbs for meatloaf and meatballs. Zucchini comes in several different colors including yellow, green, and brownish; try them all!
And the best part about grating zucchini into muffin batter? No one will ever know!
You can be creative and find ways to eat fruit and veggies on the daily
There are lots of creative ways to eat fruits and veggies. You can mix them up with your favorite ingredients, or try new recipes that incorporate fruits and veggies in interesting ways.
If you’re feeling particularly inspired, buying some fruits and vegetables in bulk is a great way to go. Not only will it save money on each purchase, but it also means that you won’t be tempted by unnecessary snacks at the grocery store—you can always get more if needed! If you have access to a farmer’s market near where you live, there’s no time like the present for picking up some fresh produce from the source—and eating better than ever before!
There you have it: somw creative ways to eat your fruits and vegetables daily! Now you can get the nutrients your body needs to stay healthy, while still enjoying the treats that food has to offer. We’re sure that these ideas will make mealtime more enjoyable for everyone in the family—and hopefully inspire some new meals as well! If you have more ideas, leave me a comment below!