Ten Easy, Creative Ways to Add More Produce to Your Diet

Monday, February 26, 2024

Few things can enhance health and wellness like striving to add more produce to your diet.

Bursting with essential vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants, produce is nature's gift to our bodies, offering many health benefits. From boosting immunity to supporting digestion and maintaining a healthy weight, the reasons to indulge in more fruits and vegetables are abundant. But despite our best intentions, it can be challenging to incorporate enough produce into our meals. With a bit of creativity and some simple strategies, you can effortlessly add more produce to your diet and enjoy it, too. Here are ten ways to elevate your fruit and vegetable intake and reap the many rewards of a nutritious diet.

1.     Fill up on healthy smoothies.

Blend together a variety of fruits and leafy greens like spinach or kale with some yogurt or plant-based milk for a nutrient-packed, portable meal or snack.

2.     Snack on fresh veggies.

Keep a covered container of washed and cut-up veggies like carrots, cucumbers, bell peppers, and cherry tomatoes in the fridge for a quick and satisfying snack option.

3.     Incorporate vegetables into main dishes.

Add extra vegetables to your favorite pasta sauce, stir-fry, or casseroles. For instance, grated zucchini or carrots can easily blend into sauces, while mushrooms and peppers make excellent stir-fry additions.

4.     Be a big dipper.

If the natural flavor of carrots, celery, broccoli, or other veggies isn't enough, try dipping them into hummus or another bean spread or a little ranch dressing. Slather some peanut butter on slices of apple for a delicious nutty treat.

5.     Start the day off right.

Ditch your morning donut for an omelet stuffed with onions, peppers, and mushrooms. Top it with some salsa and avocado to wake up your palate. Or boost your morning cereal or oatmeal with a handful of strawberries, blueberries, or dried fruit.

6.     Swap out your carbs.

Instead of traditional pasta or rice, try spiralized zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash, or cauliflower rice. These tasty veggie-packed alternatives are lower in calories and carbs but still pack fabulous flavors.

7.     Host a variety of theme nights.

Plan theme nights centered around specific fruits or vegetables. For example, have a "Taco Tuesday" featuring a variety of veggie tacos filled with different types of produce. Or try a "Mediterranean Monday" with dishes like Greek salad, stuffed grape leaves, and roasted vegetables.

8.     Enjoy an entrée salad.

Load up your salads with a colorful array of vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and healthy protein sources like grilled chicken, salmon, or chickpeas for a satisfying and nutritious meal.

9.     Warm up with veggie-based soups and stews.

Whip up hearty soups and stews using a variety of vegetables like sweet potatoes, squash, Brussels sprouts, peppers, onions, and carrots for a comforting and nutritious meal.

10.  Make fruit the star of dessert.

Enjoy nature's sweetness by indulging in fresh fruit salads, fruit parfaits with yogurt, or simple desserts like baked apples or pears drizzled with honey and cinnamon.

Small changes can lead to significant results, so why not add more produce to your diet starting now? By incorporating these simple and creative strategies into your daily routine, you can effortlessly increase your intake of fruits and vegetables, paving the way for better health and vitality.

Carry forward a legacy of love and care by making health-conscious food choices. If you need additional ideas for produce-packed meals or if we can be of assistance to you in any way, please contact us anytime.

About Vaughn Greene Funeral Services: For more than 25 years, Vaughn Greene Funeral Services has been providing a ministry of care to Baltimore’s African-American community. As a leading local, minority- and family-owned provider, we promise to provide our highest level of service and respect to families who entrust us to honor their loved ones. For more information about our funeral, cremation, memorial, repast, and grief counseling services, please call us at 410.655.0015 or visit us online at https://vaughncgreene.com/.

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