Last year on the radio, I heard a clip that if Americans would eat one apple, one orange and one carrot daily in place nutritionally bankrupt foods we would be better off. [Note: If you don’t like those fruits and vegetable, pick three you do keeping in mind it is a simple daily goal.]
I start almost every day with a fruit smoothie (fruit, 100% fruit juice, wheat germ). For lunch, I aim to pack a fruit and vegetable, while I’m making dinner I snack on a fruit or vegetable and have them available for post-workout snacks.
I found this tip to be especially helpful for packing my lunch on pool days (hurry up summer), especially because I can talk myself into using fun days as times to slack on nutrition. No offense to my mom, who always tried to sell carrots to us kids as nature’s potato chips, but I was never tricked nor am I fooled by the extreme baby carrot campaign (the original orange doodle? meh.).
Moving on, eating fruits and vegetables daily can be harder when I choose to punch in my eat out reward around work because the places aren’t known for their fruits and vegetable side items.
I’d love to know how you get your daily fruits and vegetables or if your parents had a clever way of getting you to eat them as a child 😉