Get More Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Fresh fruits and vegetables should be a major part of any healthy diet. In fact, when you look at your dinner plate, the majority of the space should be taken up by a colorful selection of vegetables, and your proteins should be the smaller portion of your plate. Why? Because fresh fruits and vegetables provide your body with tons of vitamins and nutrients that you can’t get anywhere else. So how do you go about adding more fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet? We’re here to help.
Replace Junk Food with Fruit or Veggies
One of the easiest ways to add more fresh fruits and vegetables to your day is to get rid of your regular snack foods and replace them with fruit or veggies. Carrot sticks and snap peas make great snacks with a hint of sweetness to them. Otherwise apple slices, oranges, bananas or berries are a good choice. It’s easy to pack these with your lunch and carry them without throughout the day for healthy snacking choices.
Add Color to Your Main Meals
An important part of increasing your fruit and vegetable intake is making sure you get a good mix of nutrients as you go. In general, most vegetables can be classified in color group, with certain colors pertaining to higher levels of particular vitamins. Without getting too technical, all you need to know is that eating every color in the rainbow will help keep your diet balanced and ensure that you are getting plenty of the vitamins that lead to healthy vision, hair growth, weight loss and more. Colorful bell peppers and carrots are a great way to add color to any meal, as in this Chicken Mix Salad.
Fresh fruits and vegetables play an important role in the way your body regulates sugar and calorie burning. The fiber in these fresh ingredients slows down the process, ensuring that you stay full for longer periods of time, which means you’ll do less snacking in the long run. As your body adjusts to your new diet, you will find that you feel more energized when you eat healthy foods, and you won’t have to fight off cravings as often. This makes it easier to stick to your diet for the long haul.
To see some of Lean Lifestyle’s delicious recipes featuring fresh fruits and vegetables, visit our menu page today. Our team always sources the freshest ingredients possible to give you the best quality meal plans around.