Getting more veggies and fruits into my daily diet is such a challenge. Ever since I left the corporate world, my routine has completely changed. Instead of a set breakfast, lunch, snack and dinner, what and when I eat is almost different every day.
Guys… I’m guilty of not even being able to get in a lunch until 1pm most days because I’m so immersed in work and that’s just totally bad for my metabolism. Anyway, I’ve made a conscious effort to get in more fruits and veggies in my diet and I’ve partnered with SaladPower to share how I’m taking back control of my meal preps.
Grab a SaladPower to go!
SaladPower is a healthier veggie or fruit juice packed with vitamins and contains less sugar than other brands of juices. I am always running out the door, with 3 different bags in my hand (laptop bag, purse, gym bag) and I usually forget to eat. Since these come in tetra packs, it’s easy to chill and grab on the way out.
I really like the Just Veggie one the most since it’s lower in sugar and so easy for me to chug and go. Another favorite would be the Veggies + Pineapple.
Make a smoothie
On days where I’m not headed out to a meeting or workout, I like making a smoothie in the morning. I stuff my single-serve blender with all the spinach, add in my fruit and protein power and voila! There’s my breakfast.
One of my favorite snacks is veggies and hummus. So I’ll either eat it with mini bell peppers or carrots. I also like slicing cucumbers, spread some hummus on it and add small cube of sharp cheddar. Ugh droool…
Substitute bread/rice/tortillas for veggies
So on days when I have willpower (because some days, I just want a plate of fries)… I’ll sub the bread or carbs for greens instead. So for my burgers, I’ll ask for lettuce buns. I’ll also do lettuce wraps instead of tortillas. For sandwiches, I’ll ask for the proteins to be placed on a bed of greens instead or just take off the top slice of bread. My eyes tend to be larger than my stomach, but I’m usually satisfied when I make this simple change to my meals.
So this is kind of gross, but the main reason for consuming so much fruits and veggies is to keep your digestive cycle on track and constantly moving. I hate feeling bloated. So I’ll take a fiber supplement to make sure my body is doing what it needs to do.
Add them to breakfast
I find that I eat the most veggies for breakfast. I love adding them into my omelettes or making veggie/egg muffins and eating them with salsa or sautéed greens on the side.
I LOVE soups. It’s one of my favorite foods, whether it’s 100 degrees outside or cold AF, I could sip on soups any time of the year. It’s one of my favorite ways to consume more veggies. Whether it’s a chicken veggie soup or an Asian stew packed with veggies (my mom is master at veggies), it’s easy and delicious. You don’t always need a protein in your soups.
Eat a salad. Duh.
I used to hate salads. Mostly because I thought they were boring. But, I’ve learned to build better salads that are exciting and delicious. Especially when I’m eating lean, I need all the dang spinach for volume to make me feel full. When I’m out, I love building my bowl at Snappy Salads. At home, I’ll chop up cucumbers, tomatoes, and avocado. Toss it with spinach and lemon juice and Taijin chili powder. I also like searching for super easy recipes on Buzzfeed and Pinterest. Sometimes all you need is some Pinterest inspo.
Buy your fruits and veggies frozen
I love buying frozen fruit and veggies. I’ll buy veggies for my easy crock pot meals or if I need a quick ingredient for a stir fry. Frozen fruits make for great desserts. If I’m hankering for something sweet, I usually go for frozen mango chunks. Trader Joes has some of the best frozen mango and it’s SO sweet. I also use those for my smoothies.
I also shared this blog a while back listing out a ton of local healthy restaurants if you’re out and about and need a place for a healthier bite to eat. Hope you guys find this blog helpful, especially if you find it difficult to squeeze in more healthy options into your diet.
I wish I craved veggies more than I do fried chicken, but alas… that’s not the case. I’m really glad I got to try SaladPower and really like their product. So when all else fails, I can keep it simple and grab a SaladPower on the way out. Have any other cools tips for sneaking in more fruits and veggies into your diet? Drop a comment below!
This blog was sponsored by SaladPower. All opinions remain my own.