If you are following a strict diet, good for you. It takes a lot of courage and discipline to stick to a diet plan especially in this age and time where temptation is everywhere. But is your diet sustainable? Is it rich with the nutrients a person should normally have? Sure, most diets require people to stay away from specific foods in order for results to show up, but if you are physically active and/or working out regularly, your body needs more energy. This means you need proper nutrition to support your health. Are you eating enough fruits and vegetables? According to a new worldwide study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 1 in 10 adults meet the federal fruit and vegetable recommendations. That means there is a call to action as both fruits and vegetables have vitamins, fiber and minerals that can better your fitness progress and improve your health in general.

Instead of the usual diet, why not make it a “healthy diet”? After all, diet isn’t all about restrictions but more on portioning your meals. If you are looking for ways on how to add more fruits and veggies to your diet, continue reading below:

 

  • Upgrade Your Breakfast

 

A good breakfast will boost and fuel you up. It is important to not skip breakfast because it jumpstarts your metabolism and it also gives you energy to last the day. So how do you add fruits and veggies to your breakfast? Easy. If you’re eating only oatmeal, put some slices of banana or strawberries to add some flavor. If you love eating sandwiches, you can use lettuce as a replacement for bread. If you’re always on-the-go, you can make a smoothie out of both fruits and veggies. It’s really not that complicated. By adding little tweaks on your regular breakfast, you are allowing yourself to slowly but surely progress to a healthier you.

 

 

  • Make A Fruit-Based Dessert

 

If you’re used to eating ice creams, cakes and whatnot, why don’t you try to replace them with much healthier choices like yogurt and fruits? If you’re on a diet and you’re trying to avoid sweets but failed to do so, go for fruits! They’re not only amazing alternatives for your favorite desserts but they will also satisfy your sweet tooth and give you enough vitamins and minerals that you will need to stay healthy.

 

 

  • Replace Carbs With Low-Cal Vegetables

 

Again, we’re not saying that carbs are bad for you. In fact, it’s an energy-giver so it’s not something that you have to take out of your meal plan but from time to time, try to switch up a bit. Instead of bread or brown rice, replace them with low-cal vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, squash, carrots and many more. Do it every other day so you can still let your body adjust, and then you can do it everyday so you will be able to fully give yourself optimum nutrition.

 

 

  • Prepare A Bowl Of Ready-To-Eat Fruits & Veggies

 

If there’s a bowl of fruits and veggies in front of you, you will be encouraged to eat them. Yes, this will be a good practice for people who are not very keen on eating these healthy forms of matter. Most people who are on a diet are eating more vegetables than fruits because some fruits have high amount of sugar which can ruin their fitness progresswell, that’s understandable but make sure to still eat fruits because they are good for your body, regardless if you’re aiming to lose weight or not.

 

 

  • Always Try Something New

 

If there comes time when you start getting bored about your fruits and vegetables choices, you may opt for something you haven’t tried before. Others which you can try to add to your diet are kiwi, pineapple, avocado, tomatoes, asparagus, mushroom, spinach, brussel sprouts and many more. Always try something new and see what works for your body so that you will be able to know what type of fruit and vegetables you should be eating!

 

We’re not asking for a revolution in your diet. It’s better to start slowly until you get used to the routine. Start with small goals that you can achieve easily and then move on to larger goals as you go. Fruits and vegetables can do lots of great things for your health so don’t take them for granted!

 

Sources:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/20-most-weight-loss-friendly-foods#section11

https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/tc/quick-tips-adding-fruits-and-vegetables-to-your-diet-get-started

https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2017/p1116-fruit-vegetable-consumption.html

Mark Aldrin Hipolito
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