Your Never Too Busy To Get Your Daily Fix Of Fruits And Veggies!

The Atkins diet, the Dukan diet, the GI diet, paleo diet, low fat diets, low carb diets, what do
they all have in common? Not a lot right?! It seems like everywhere we turn there’s a new
diet that assures us that this is how human beings were supposed to be eating, and
claiming that not following this specific diet plan is the reason so many people are
overweight. They throw scientific sounding terms at us like “glycaemic response” and
“ketosis” or meaningless buzzwords like “certified transitional” all to shame us into
changing our eating habits to suit their instructions. While they share very little in
common they share one unifying factor… They all agree that we should be eating
more whole foods and vegetables. While some fruits may be more contentious
than others, no right minded nutritionist would ever suggest that mangoes ever
caused an obesity pandemic.




It’s really hard to argue against the benefits of getting our daily fix of veggies and fruits every
day (you should be aiming for 6-8 but at the very least 5). They’re filled with the vitamins,
minerals and antioxidants to keep our bodies fit and healthy. Yet so many of us cite that old
chestnut “I’m too busy!” before turning to the old familiar sugary, fatty and salty convenience
foods. Sorry folks, but that excuse just doesn’t stand up to scrutiny. If you genuinely feel like
you’re struggling to hit your quota of whole fresh veggies, try any one of these simple
solutions...


Smoothies


If you need a high energy, nutritious breakfast or a satisfying post workout meal, don’t reach
for the cereal! Instead blend together a combination of soy, rice or hemp protein with fresh
veggies, fruits, seeds and nuts. Smoothies can be prepared in seconds and their fibrous
content will keep you feeling full and satisfied while staving off the cravings that make us
turn to that dreaded vending machine. There are many, many fruits and veggies you can
incorporate but here are some tried and tested favorites;


  • Bananas- Great for texture and high in energy giving potassium
  • Berries- Pound for pound the most nutrient dense fruits and rich in antioxidants
  • Spinach- Rich in minerals and full of protein
  • Broccoli- Has more protein than steak per 100 calories


Juicing


Juice “cleanses” are a definite no-no. Who’d want to live on just juice? Nonetheless, juicing
can be a great supplement to a healthy diet rather than supplanting one. Every kitchen should
have a juicer and if you don’t have one already check out this list to find the best one for you.
It’s a quick and easy way to cram as many vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients into your diet
as possible quickly and easily. Your juices should be mostly vegetable based with low sugar
fruits like berries used to provide flavor. And don’t throw away that pulp! There are many ways
that you can use it so you don’t miss out on that important fiber.


Snack more, snack better

It’s one of the most egregious fallacies of the diet industry that you shouldn’t be allowed to
snack. Snacking is not only okay… it’s important! Human beings are natural grazers and
snacking allows us to eat in a way that keeps our metabolism ticking over and prevents
the cravings that cause us to make poor food choices. Nonetheless, it’s important to snack
well. Homemade soups, nuts, carrot sticks and apple slices dipped in peanut butter and
dried fruits are all great ways to get more nutrition from your snacking.  

2 comments:

  1. I have a smoothie for breakfast every day. I also like to snack on nuts and fruit.

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  2. I love smoothies! Lately, I've been snacking on nuts when I'm feeling peckish.

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