I find it hard to eat the RDA of fruits and veggies. It requires a real effort for me to even come close to the amounts recommended. And once I stop thinking about it, I fall back into bad patterns.
Getting the kids to eat fresh fruits and veggies is even harder.
Lately, I’ve been trying to do better and most days, I manage to meet the goal. Here are a few things that have been working for me:
The first step was figuring out how far off the RDA I was. You can find out more about the RDA here.
Eat more salad. This is a no-brainer. I’ve been trying to make a big salad soon after buying groceries. If I wait until dinner to fix it, it gets neglected. Not that ripping lettuce is hard, but it’s easy to skip when I’m in a hurry.
Vary the salad veggies. Add romaine, spring greens, spinach. Put in shredded carrots, tomatoes, peppers, etc. I change it up and try to do different things each week. Still, I’m not going to lie – salads get tiresome after a while. I’m working on loving them.
Double the veggies in pasta dishes. We love our pasta around here. Lots of my recipes have veggies, so I’ve just tried adding more. The kids don’t notice and tend to eat the veggies too. It’s an easy way to get more of the good stuff.
Try filling half the plate with fruit/veggies. This one is hard for me to do, but it’s a good visual goal.
Eat fruits and veggies as snacks. I’m a big snacker. Lately, I’ve tried to keep my extra snacking to only fresh fruits.
Want to join me in my challenge to eat more fruits and veggies? Tonight (Thursday 4/12) at 9pm Eastern, I’m co-hosting an Ebates Savvy Living Live Chat on Fruits and Veggies. We’ll be talking about:
- eating more produce
- growing our own fruits and veggies
- convincing kids to eat more fruits and vegetables
- how to save money on produce
- and more!
You can join in the live chat right here on this post or in the Ebates Savvy Living Community. I’m co-hosting with Kelly from Kansas City Mamas and Rachel from Following in My Shoes. I hope you can join us!