When it comes to fruits and veggies, getting 5 servings a day is a good move for your health – but getting 10 is even better. Here are a few easy, no-stress ways to work more fruits and veggies into your diet. Because the only “superfood” is the one you actually eat.
6 Easy Ways To Eat More Plants
1 | Snack on Fruits + Veggies
This is the easiest way to eat more produce throughout the day. To help make snacking on fruit and veggies a habit that sticks, make sure to keep convenient and portable produce on stock. Some good options are bananas, apples, baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, and grapes. Think food that you would pack for a toddler – minus the choking hazard.
2 | Spread It On
Some fruits and veggies can sub in for sandwich or toast spreads. Fresh raspberries work really well in place of jam in a pb+j. You can use avocado instead of mayo or butter for a creamy spread on sandwiches or toast. For an easy breakfast, I like to spread avocado on toast, then top it with cucumber slices, feta, and freshly ground pepper. Add a side of fresh fruit and you’ve already packed a ton of produce into your day!
3 | Think Plants First
Think fruits and veggies before grains or protein when you’re planning a meal. It’s easy to exclude produce from the party when it’s an afterthought. So when you’re thinking about what you want to make for dinner, check out the fruits and veggies you have on stock and go from there. Adopting the Plants First motto helped me transition from living on grilled cheese sandwiches to cooking legit vegetarian meals, complete with complex carbs, plant-based proteins, and tons of fresh produce. (And, of course, grilled cheese sandwiches sometimes, too!)
4 | Sneak It In
If you don’t love the taste or texture of fresh fruits or veggies, do what moms and dads do and sneak them in! Here’s a great list of easy ideas to sneak your veggies in, from throwing them into your pasta sauce to baking up a batch of zucchini bread. FYI: One of my favorite veggie-based breakfasts is herby scrambled eggs with tomatoes, broccoli, avocado, and cheese. Try it out sometime!
5 | Try Plant-Based Dishes
Burrito bowls, salads, and Buddha bowls are all glorified excuses to fill your plate with your favorite veggies, seasonings, and toppings. Try them out! The best thing about these meals is how easy they are to customize. Use the ingredients you love and leave out the ones you don’t – simple af. If you want to dig deeper into plant-based dishes, you can check out my 14-day vegetarian challenge here for more ideas!
6 | Stock Up on Your Faves
Forget about the myth of “superfoods” for a second and listen up: The healthiest produce in the world is the kind you actually eat. If you hate kale, don’t buy it. You love apples? Great, stock up! The most vitamin-rich food in the world won’t do a damn thing for your body rotting in your crisper. Buy the fruits and veggies you like and the rest will follow.