Written By: Kate Leeney
NASM PT, FNS, Nutrition Coach
Let’s add in those fruits + vegetables!
Adding in vegetables and fruits to your meals gives you more nutrients, fiber, and all of the good stuff that you NEED. Here are some of my favorite ways to add in fruits and vegetables.
1.Spaghetti Squash: use this as an alternative to pasta or potatoes. You can also add in mushrooms, onions, spinach, or tomatoes. Top with your favorite SAUCE!
2. Asparagus: it’s super easy to use 1 tbsp of butter + spices and cook in the oven until crispy! I like doing this and it’s easy and fast. I have also been using the air fryer.
3.Broccoli: adding 1 cup of broccoli to any meal is easiest for me. Again, sauces help this big time.
4.Green beans: I love added green beans to meals because they are not too strong of taste and they pair really well with most meals.
5.Carrots, cucumbers, + cut up peppers: Using this as a base of your snack is a perfect idea! You can add hummus, ground chicken + hot peppers, salsa, guacamole, or any other condiment that is tasty to you!
6. Although chopping and cleaning your own veggies is probably more cost effective, I go for the fresh bagged veggies at stores. This is easier for me and I don’t waste too much time chopping and cleaning. Whole Foods, Trader Joes, and Mariano’s have plenty of options that you can just grab and go!
7. Adding fruit to any base of a snack will add in extra nutrients and keep you more full for longer! Great fruits to add in would be: bananas, apples, oranges, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries etc.
8. With every meal, focus on adding IN! So many times women think about “cutting things out” and it feels so much lighter and freeing to just mindfully add these things to your meals. This week, how can you add fruits + veggies to your meals and snacks?