How is the Fruit and Vegetable Challenge going for you? Here’s hoping you loaded up your kitchen with lots of fresh and frozen produce and you’ve been enjoying a wide variety the past few days!
To encourage you on this journey, I wanted to share a few tricks I’ve learned to help my family get plenty of colorful, nutrient-filled, fruit and vegetable variety. It’s obvious that you should be serving side dishes of fruits and/or vegetables at every meal. But sometimes, that’s still not enough servings each day. We often eat them for snacks, so that gives us bonus fruits and veggies. But how about these ideas to get a wide variety and a large quantity:
1. Make Stir Fry
Our favorite recipe is this one: Easy Noodle Stir Fry. All four of my kids gobble this down, and there are usually three or four different vegetables included.
2. Eat Salads Often
There are so many different variety of greens, and so many fun and delicious add-ins to a salad. Homemade dressing makes salads amazing.
3. Make Smoothies
There’s no limit to what you can toss into a smoothie. (Okay, fine. I wouldn’t blend in a piece of steak. Tuna, maybe. Kidding! I’m talking fruit here.) You can get several servings of fruit and even veggies (by adding spinach or other fresh greens) in a smoothie.
4. Make Soup
Vegetable soup is an obvious way to get several servings in one meal. But any soup can be a great veggie source if you just add them in.
What other ways have you found to get lots of fruit and vegetables servings into one meal?