One of my physical goals for 2010 was to eat at least three servings of fruits and vegetables per day. As I mentioned, that doesn’t sound like much, but it was a good starting point for me and a goal that I felt I could reach.
As the months have passed, here are five ideas I’ve found helpful in attempting to meet my goal.
- Have fruits and vegetables easily accessible. If possible, have them already prepared to eat by washing, peeling and cutting several servings when you bring them home. Leave them sitting out on the counter or on the front of a shelf in the refrigerator.
- Serve at least one fruit and vegetable with every meal. Breakfast would be an obvious meal for skipping the vegetable – unless you serve spinach quiche! At lunch we usually eat individual servings of fruit, but for supper I typically serve cut-up fruit in a bowl.
- Try different methods of preparation. We like most fruits raw, but vegetables can be prepared in a variety of ways. I like raw carrots while my nine-year-old prefers them cooked. Try steaming, boiling, sauteing, roasting or grilling to discover how you prefer various vegetables. Serving a dip alongside sometimes increases the likelihood that they will be eaten.
- Center a dessert around fruit. Attempt to keep ingredients such as flour and sugar to a minimum and concentrate on simply enhancing the natural sweetness of the fruit.
- Pair a familiar vegetable with an unfamiliar one. My family is not always adventurous when it comes to trying new foods, so this is one I definitely need to work on! Since one of our favorite side dishes is roasted potatoes, I have tried using the same cooking method and flavors with other vegetables.
How do you incorporate fruits and vegetables into your family’s diet? Let me know what works for you! Find other helpful tips at Works for Me Wednesday hosted by We Are THAT Family.