Spring is officially here. As the world around us bursts into colour and we trade long sleeves for t-shirts and dresses, it’s time to bring some colour to our meals too! Eating a variety of colourful fruits and vegetables has many proven health benefits. This is because the different plant colours contain different vitamins and minerals. So, if you want to get the most nutritional value out of your fresh produce, incorporate a variety of colourful fruits an veg into your menu. Here’s how to start...
Make some smart swaps
Eating the rainbow may seem like a challenge at first, especially if you’re often on the go. A simple and effective way to ensure that you reach your plant point goals is to substitute some of your standard ingredients for plant-based ones. For instance, try swapping regular pasta for zucchini pasta; or a regular burger patty for a lentil-based one. You could also opt for a variety of colours in your favourite vegetables instead of sticking to just one, think tri-colour peppers, for example. Upping those colour points boils down to working smarter, not harder.
Drink your breakfast
Smoothies are a great option if you’re looking to cram a bunch of colourful plants into one meal. Frozen fruit and veg work well for this. To optimise your morning routine, prepare smoothie packs in advance – you can store these in the freezer and use them as you need. For a quick, easy, and nutrient-rich breakfast simply pop your smoothie pack into a blender, add a scoop of protein powder, and you’re good to go! You can also experiment with shake mixes, these generally come in various delicious flavours, giving your smoothie a better taste and texture, with added benefits such as vitamins, minerals, provides a great source of protein and fibre. There’s also plenty of vegan options to choose from. And the best part? You can pack whatever fruits and veg you like into these morning mixes, from kale and berries to bananas and beyond. It’s a simple, delicious way to smash those plant points early on in your day.
Optimise your grocery hauls
Trying to shop for colourful fruits and veg can be inconvenient if you lead a busy life. Most people don’t have time to browse the fresh food section for hours in order to pick a variety of produce. It’s also difficult to find the right quantity of fruits and vegetables this way. Take the frustration out of this process and look into something like a subscription box. That way, you can receive a variety of quality ingredients on a regular basis and support your local farmers. If you can’t find an option like this in your area, you could always opt for a grocery delivery service and plan out a weekly fruit and veg haul online.Eating a variety of colourful fruits and veg can seem like a lot of effort but, if you plan properly, it can be a pleasantly simple endeavour. It’s all about finding what works best for you. And there are loads of benefits to be had if you do it right.
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