Join me on the 5 a day fruit and veggie booster challenge.
Here’s a challenge I love. I love so many fruits and vegetables but with a busy life, I can often go days eating very few.
If you’d like to boost your fruit and veggie intake – It’s a super healthy habit – I’d really love you to join me on this challenge.
Many health professionals recommend 5+ fruit and vegetables daily, some more than this amount.
I’d like to really encourage you to eat at least 5 and try to eat more veggies than fruit.
I have a few tips for you to help get more fruit and veggies into your day and you can download the free 30 day Healthy Habits 5 A Day Fruit and Veggie Booster Tracker and the end of the post (No sign up required). I like using the trackers because it keeps me on track and shows you exactly how you’re doing. I hope you enjoy it.
Fruit And Veggie Snacks
Well the title says it all really doesn’t it. I encourage you to snack on fruit and veggies. If like me, you’re a snacker, it’s okay, just try swapping out those not so healthy snacks for some quick and easy fruit and veggie snacks.
TIP: Have fruit ready to grab and go. Obviously things like apples and bananas are great but you can also do things like peeling some oranges and leave them in a bowl in the fridge. I love oranges but hate peeling them. I do about 6 in one go and leave them in the fridge. Also cut up some veggie strips such as cucumber, carrot, peppers to snack on whenever you want. I like to have some hummus made up in the fridge to go with my veggie sticks.
Add Veggies To Every Main Meal
Try this – Fill half your plate with veggies. And a bonus tip, go for at least 2 different colours, such as carrots and broccoli.
If you have a dish where veggies don’t go with it – for example my son hates veggies with spaghetti bolognese. Of course we have the tomato sauce but nothing else. So I just do a bowl of chopped veggies or a mixed salad as a starter.
Fruit Bowls For Breakfast
I love starting my day with fruit. Whether that’s adding berries to my yogurt or oats or just a delicious bowl of chopped fruit in a bowl. It’s all good.
Fruit For Dessert
I love a dessert. It just kind of finishes off the meal. I tried cutting them out completely but I just felt deprived and ended up eating rubbish. Now I try to plan healthy desserts and fruit is a firm favourite. My new favourite is frozen strawberries heated up in a pan. They are so delicious. I add a dollop of Greek yogurt or a plant based chocolate dessert. Yumm!
Soups are great for adding in loads of extra veggies
I love my chunky winter soups and in the summer I go for lighter blended soups. They’re all good.
I just throw in a load of veggies I have in the fridge (especially the one’s that are looking a bit past their best.
I generally add a few sprays of oil to a pan, brown some chopped onion, garlic and a little seasoning, then I’ll add a veggie broth and chopped veggies such as potatoes (white and sweet), carrot, parsnip, celery.
TIP: Head to my Healthy Eating Pinterest Board for some great recipes with loads of fruit and veggies included.
Smoothies Save The Day
I’m not a huge fan of smoothies but if you’re not great at getting in your 5 a day, then this could be a great option for you.
There are a couple of delicious energy boosting smoothies in this post – Yummy Energy Boosting Recipes To Get You Through Even The Busiest Days
One of things that has the biggest impact on what I eat throughout the day is planning. I plan all of my meals and snacks.
Here’s an idea of how to get your 5+ a day
Breakfast – Add a handful of mixed berries to your oats or a banana with your yogurt.
Snack – A rye bread slice with mashed avocado or sliced apple sprinkled with cinnamon and a dip of nut butter.
Lunch – Veggies Soup and a wholemeal Roll – Add a some salad to your sandwich – Mix up a nice salad bowl.
Snack – mixed nuts and dried fruit
Evening Meal ( I call it tea) – Shepherd Pie (You can add small diced carrots peas and onions to the meat and do sweet potato for the topping or do half and half white potato and sweet potato. Just add a couple or more veggies to the side of any meal.
Evening snack – Veggie sticks and a small pot of hummus.
5 A Day Fruit And Veggie Booster Challenge Tracker
Click the link them printout your tracker. It’s a great way to keep you on track and making sure you’re eating your 5+ a day.5 A Day Fruit And Veggie Booster Challenge Tracker
This is a 30-day tracker but you can print it out as many times as you want to keep going longer with the challenge.
Join me on Instagram – I’m always posting meal ideas. I’d love to hear how you’re getting on with the challenge.
I hope you enjoy the challenge.
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