1. Eat more fruit and vegetables early in the day - in the morning
Similar to the productivity philosophy I shared in this post, a key strategy for a healthy diet is to start the day right. If you could eat 2 servings of vegetables \in your breakfast, it's easier to hit your daily goal of veggies. Some ideas for including vegetables for your breakfast are:
- Use more vegetables in your smoothies
- Vegetable omelette
- Quick 4-minute steamed vegetables: I learned this from a Taiwanese cooking show. Simply fill up a sauce pan with bite-size vegetables (i.e. carrots, squash, egg plant, topped with lettuce), sprinkle some water in, put it on the stove, medium heat, for 4 minutes and it's ready. You could add some salt/pepper for flavor, or enjoy the original taste.
- If you're on the go, grab an apple or banana
2. Sign up for a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)
We received a direct mail advertising of our local Tinicum CSA a few months back. After checking it out, we signed up for its little share (good for a small family or a couple). The concept is simple: every week, you pick up your fresh vegetables and fruits (plus seasonal pick-your-own cherry tomatoes, cut-your-own flowers and unlimited herbs). They are locally and organically grown. What and how much you get varies by season. Every week our pickup are different and of variety. So far I've been loving it. We never visit our local groceries stores anymore. I love how fresh the vegetables are and we get to try things we don't normally get ourselves.
3. Not sure how to make it? Blend Them! Smoothies is our best friend.
Because we get some unfamiliar vegetables from the CSA, I have to learn how to cook them. If I don't have time to look up recipes, I simply use them as a base in a smoothie! So far I've tried purple cabbage, turnip leaves, radish leaves, and some other green leaves vegetables I don't even know the name of.
I hope the 3 tips could help you get started. Like everything else, start small, experiment, and find a way that works for you!