Conveniently Adding Fruits & Veggies to Your Diet
Convenience. We all need thingsespecially food, quickly these days. But did you realize your diet plays an oh-so-important role in your overall health? It’s inevitable that you are in fact what you eat. No matter what you eat, your body will take on the pattern of consumption you choose. Regardless of your age or gender, conveniently adding fruits and veggies to your diet, will undoubtedly help your body in fighting disease, cancer or even the stomach bug that seems to have plagued our area in the last few weeks.
I’ve developed a few tips and tricks to increase fruit and veggie intake for you and your family. Conveniently, of course.
- Applesauce cups. Be sure to check the sugar content before buying applesauce cups. Many companies will have an “all natural” variety to choose from that should hold fewer calories and fewer grams of sugar than the “cinnamon & sugar” varieties. Applesauce cups are incredibly convenient because they may be eaten cold or at room temperature. They are easily packed into lunches, purses, or backpacks and are a perfectly convenient way of adding fruit to your diet.
- Frozen veggies. Most manufacturers sell frozen veggies in microwavable, steamable bags. This invention is convenient for the on-the-go family because the nutrients found in fresh produce are now accessible to you and your family year round, without the backlash of sodium (generally found in canned veggies). Frozen veggies typically take 3 – 4 minutes to heat in the microwave.
- Dining out. Who says you have to follow the rules? If a restaurant’s menu hosts several vegetable sides, order a vegetable plate. Or if you prefer, stir-fry options are available, dependent upon the style of dining you choose.
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Carol Morris, RD/LD
Carrie J. Babb Cancer Center