This April, we’re teaming up with Women’s Health. All month long on our blog, the mag’s editors will be sharing tiny tweaks that produce big results—meaning tips on easy ways you can improve your overall wellbeing.
Fruits and veggies are obviously good for your physical health. But it turns out that filling up on these superfoods can also make you happier.
Researchers discovered that happiness and mental health are highest among people who eat seven portions of fruits and vegetables per day, according to the new report that will be published in the journal Social Indicators Research.
Incorporating more good-for-you foods into your diet is easier than you think, says Keri Glassman, R.D., author of The New You and Improved Diet: 8 Rules to Lose Weight and Change Your Life Forever. Here, her seven tricks for eating more fruits and vegetables every day:
Sneak them into breakfast
Making a fruit smoothie? Throw in some spinach or any other green, says Glassman. Also, add them to your eggs. Served as a side, scrambled into the eggs, or folded into an omelet, veggies can easily be a tasty part of your morning meal.
Keep them cut up in your fridge
"It’s the easiest way to make sure you actually eat them," according to Glassman. So right after you hit the grocery store, head home, and immediately cut up your produce. That way, when you go to grab a snack, fresh fruit and veggies are on-hand, she says.
Throw them in a soup
If you aren’t a big fan of salad, or you just aren’t in the mood for it, this one’s for you. Glassman says having a side of vegetable-packed soup with your dinner is a great alternative to a bed of greens.
Add them into a burger
"If you’re making any type of burger, put in chopped-up mushrooms, spinach, and even broccoli," suggests Glassman. Just tweak the burger mixture so that it contains less meat and a delicious dose of veggies.
Stack up your sandwich
Whenever you have a sandwich, add at least two types of vegetables, recommends Glassman, who says many people forget to do so.
Make smarter snacks
"Instead of eating chips, bake carrots, beets, parsnips, or kale," says Glassman. Also, freeze fruit, she suggests. Not only is frozen fruit great for smoothies, but it’s also a tasty treat that completely trumps any other sweet snacks. Either buy them at the store or freeze fresh fruit yourself.
Set a daily or weekly goal
One that she suggests? Challenging yourself to have a breakfast that contains a fruit or vegetables for an entire week.
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