After gorging ourselves on carbs and sweets Thanksgiving weekend, here are some tips on how to eat more of the good stuff this holiday season.
Fruits and veggies have huge health benefits – vitamins and minerals, fiber, healthy sugar. But it’s not always easy to get all the recommended servings in each day, especially if you aren’t a fan of some of them or have picky kids. Here are some easy ways to get more in your diet, even if you don’t want to just eat them plain or raw.
Add more vegetables whenever you’re cooking. Add diced tomatoes or peppers to scrambled eggs. If you’re cooking a boxed dinner helper, add peas or corn. Macaroni and cheese goes great with corn or peas too. Not only will you get extra nutrients, but the calories per serving will be lower.
Replace ingredients with purees. Carrot or pumpkin puree can easily be added to cakes and sweetbreads. Applesauce and mashed bananas work as well. Just replace some or all of the fat ingredients (oil, eggs, or butter) with puree. It might take some experimenting, but it’s pretty easy to do.
Replace “fruit-flavored” ingredients with the real deal. Slice apples or pears thinly and use them in place of jelly for sandwiches – or use raisins. Top ice cream with crushed berries or put sliced strawberries on bagels. Or, instead of ice cream, blend fruit with yogurt to make a smoothie.
These are just a few ways to get more healthy ingredients in your meals to increase nutrition and eat fewer calories. As you get used to adding them, it will become even easier to incorporate fruits and veggies in a variety of other ways.
Bekah blogs at Motherhood Moment where she writes about parenting topics – family activities and meal ideas, saving money and time, and much more. She lives in Minnesota and works as an online teacher and freelance musician. In her free time she enjoys family activities with her husband and their two young daughters.