The other day I posted over on Facebook and 8 week challenge I am doing, one of the things in this challenge is to include fruit and/or vegetables with every single meal. Now I know some people look at this and think ‘How am I meant to do that?’ but the reality is, that it is actually really easy!
There are many reasons why I made this one of the points in my challenge, and the obvious one is that fruit and vegetables are just so darn good for us. Another one is that I wanted people to think outside the box, try new things, create new wholesome recipes. If we include fruit and/or vegetables with every single meal our body will thank us by being healthy, losing weight, having glowing skin, reducing sicknesses and so much more. So here are some ideas on how you can include these nutrient packed food into all your meals.
- Zap up a smoothie with juicy fruits and iron rich greens.
- Omelettes with spinach, mushrooms, capsicum, and avocado (or any other vegetables you want to add).
- Fruit salad with coconut yoghurt and granola.
- Chia pudding with berries and cream.
- Bacon and eggs with a side of avocado, or mushrooms, or tomatoes.
- Toast topped with avocado, tomato, and pepper.
- Toast topped with creamy mushrooms and spinach.
- Vegetable frittatas: You can literally make these with any vegetables.
- Banana pancakes.
- Mini smoothie with either fruit or vegetables, or both. Blend with some protein powder and you have an amazing quick and easy snack.
- Fresh fruit.
- Vegetable sticks with hummus, peanut butter, nut butter, or cream cheese
- Apples with peanut butter.
- Mini lettuce cups: Smash some avocado, boiled eggs, and any other vegetables (I love spring onion, and tomato), and place in lettuce leaves.
- Use cucumber slices instead of crackers and top with cheese and tomato, or cream cheese and salmon.
Mains (Lunch and Dinner)
This is probably the easiest meal to mix vegetables in with, it is probably the meal most people always have vegetables, but I have still included a few ideas to get your taste buds humming.
- Salads: You can’t go wrong with a salad, you can include as many vegetables as you want, you can also be adventurous and mix in some fruit. Mix with some protein for a full wholesome meal.
- Soups: Homemade soups are amazing for mixing in vegetables.
- Stir fries: Another quick and easy way to get your vegetables in. You can buy stir fry vegetables from your local supermarket or you can use ones you already have.
- Stews: Chuck in carrot, celery, kumara, and anything else.
- Roast dinner with roast vegetables.
- Homemade Pizza: Let’s face it, pizza is yummy! But rather than making your body feel unloved with that store made crap, make your own. Top it with mushrooms, capsicums, tomatoes, spinach, and any vegetable you want.
You may have to search the internet to get some of these recipes, but you best believe there are definitely healthy dessert options out there.
- Chia pudding topped with fresh fruit.
- Fresh fruit with cream.
- Avocado chocolate mousse.
- Blend any frozen fruit to make ice cream.