So, you’re looking to improve your health by increasing more fruit and vegetables in your daily diet? Increasing the amount and quality of living foods in your diet is a great way to provide the raw materials for your body to fuel and heal itself. Here are 7 helpful strategies to get those yummies into your tummy.
1. Mix it up
Have you been eating the same old things your mom raised you on? If so, it may be time to try something new and exotic. Have you savored the sweetness of a papaya or a fig? Ever enjoyed the earthiness of burdock root in a soup or stew? Check out your local organic grocer for items you’ve never tried and bring them home. Do a search online to see how you can incorporate them into your recipes.
2. Juice your veggies
Get your body vibing with the juice of a great combo of vegetables (and even a little fruit). The benefit of veggie juices is that your body is able to absorb the nutrients very quickly. Enjoy juicing vibrant greens like kale, spinach, and collards. Add in some carrots, beets and a little apple.
3. Spice it up!
Are you in a rut with your recipe repertoire? There are so many free healthy and delicious recipes available online, so there is no excuse to not dabble with something new. You never know what new favorite dish is waiting for you. Or you can even try adding some spicy pepper or curry spices to an old favorite recipe.
4. Green your smoothies
If you haven’t joined the green smoothie revolution, I recommend you give it a try. A basic green smoothie is made with greens combined with fruit and a liquid. For example, spinach + berries + pear + coconut water. Incredibly nutrient dense and delicious, you can have green smoothies for any meal.
5. Mash it or blend it
Eating food with your hands is super sensory. Chop up some veggies and dip them into a tasty dip, pate or sauce. Great mashing and blending foods include chickpeas, red pepper, avocado or eggplant.
6. Grow a garden
Nothing says sexy like digging in the dirt! If you have the time and the garden space, enjoy the vibrant foods you can grow right out of your back yard or even in your own home.
7. Explore your local farmer’s market
Roaming my farmer’s market is one of my favorite ways to spend a Saturday morning. I am filled with incredible inspiration for preparing meals with the local veggies and fruits that are grown locally and organically.