It’s likely that you’ve been informed many times about the many health benefits of eating a diet that’s abundant in fruits and veggies, yet despite all the facts behind it we still seem to struggle to get in our daily fruit and veggie servings. We all already know that eating fruits and vegetables provides a ton of important health benefits, and also reduces the risk of chronic diseases and heart disease and helps us manage a healthy weight. Eating a diet filled with veggies and fruits might also protect against certain cancers and reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes.With the summer weather upon us, now’s the perfect time to visit your local farmer’s market or the produce section of your grocery store. The fact that we have a ton of in season fruits and vegetables makes summer the perfect time to get on track with building a healthy eating habit.
1.Try and add a fruit or vegetable to every meal. If half a plate of fruits and vegetables seems like too much for you right now, start by simply adding one fruit or veggie to each meal. You can prepare meals that have fruits or veggies as an ingredient to make it easier, or you can eat it on the side. Add fruit to your morning bowl of oatmeal. Double up on veggies when eating a sandwich. It won’t be long before you notice that you have made healthy eating a regular part of your diet.
2. Drink Smoothies if you find that you struggle fitting fruits and vegetables into your overly busy life, work them into a drink that you can have on the go. If you’re looking for a shake that has fiber, protein, and can be used in multiple ways as a healthful “on-the-go” breakfast, pre-exercise energy drink, post-workout recovery drink, or a late night snack give Complete by Juice Plus+ a try. It is a whole-food-based beverage mix that provides balanced nutrition with every shake. Check out our delicious and filling Chocolate Banana Protein smoothie recipe.
3.Wash, Chop, and bag them up beforehand: I dont know about you, but I love munching on fruits or veggies that have been prepared ahead of time (it’s even better if you can get someone else to do it for you, and I’m not talking about buying those precut packages at your local grocery store either) It helps remove the excuse of not having the time or energy to prepare them when you do it in your spare time.
Bridge the Gap with our Juice Plus+ FRUIT, VEGETABLE AND BERRY BLEND CAPSULES: If you start noticing that you’re finally in the habit of consuming more fruits and vegetables, yet you’re also noticing that you’re not getting a variety of colors in Juice Plus fruit and veggie capsules can help meet and complete that variety gap with their whole food based nutrition from 30 different fruits, vegetables, grains and berries in convenient capsule form. By flooding your body with these nutritional capsules you’ll begin to notice that you’re craving more fruits and vegetables. If you attempt to buy fruits and veggies you don’t enjoy in hopes to eventually develop a tolerance for them it’s likely you’ll be throwing out a lot of food that’s gone bad. That’s not only a waste of food, but also money. Buy your favorite fruits and vegetables and eat up, while allowing these capsules to meet the rest of your nutritional needs.
How important is your health to you? If it is important to you picking up these health habits should be a challenge you’re willing to take on. It can help prevent many future illness, or even help you recover from health challenges you may be currently struggling with. Most often we don’t value our health until we lose it, and wind up spending our money on medical bills. Make the smarter choice and invest that money in healthy food choices instead.