5 Tips for Getting the Nutrients You Know You Need
Find out how to sneak more nutrients into your diet this season with our easy tips.
Yes, we’ve all heard that kale is this amazing food that everyone should be eating more of. But we’re also sick of eating so much kale. So how can we consistently work in the right nutrients into our diets – without getting burned out? Read on to find out.
Smoothies are one of yummiest ways to load up on fruits and vegetables, and one of the easiest ways to load up on the stuff that tastes kind of gross.
Start with 100 percent juice and frozen fruit, and you can add a lot of that other stuff without even tasting it – like spinach, flax seeds, chia seeds or wheatgrass.
Another tip: Get a blender that attaches to glass jars. That way you’re not washing out a big blender jar every morning. Put about 1 cup of liquid (juice, milk and/or water), 1/2 cup of frozen fruit and whatever add-ins you’d like into the jar, then just attach the blades, blend and drink.
Rinse off the blades and throw the jar in the dishwasher when you’re done and you’re good to go.
2. Salads for Dinner
We’ve got lots of great salads to choose from, so it’s really just finding the one that’s right for you. If you’re looking to get more protein in your diet, a Mexican-inspired salad topped with black beans and chicken is a great choice. Try also adding cherry tomatoes, fresh sweet corn kernels, chopped bell peppers, avocados and your favorite dressing.
Egg salads, chicken salads and fruit salads are all great options as long as you’re using good, healthy ingredients – and not dousing everything in dressing.
3. Add Fiber
There are a lot of great ways to work fiber into your diet – think raspberries, apples, pears (as long as you eat the skin), oatmeal, black beans, almonds, broccoli, avocado and lentils. Even so, most people don’t get the recommended amount of fiber each day. Have a glass of Metamucil each day (or add it to your daily smoothie) to make sure you’re getting enough.
4. Plant a Garden
If you’ve gone through the effort of growing it, you’re more likely to eat it. You may pass over the cucumbers each time you’re at the grocery store, but if you’ve got a couple cucumber plants in your backyard, you’ll be snacking on them all the time, instead of cookies, cakes or ice cream. The key to eating well is having nutritious food readily available. You’ll be more likely to snack healthily if there’s a bowl of fruit on the counter or fresh vegetables growing in your backyard.
5. Simple Substitutions
Try swapping out one item on your plate for a healthier option instead. Making cauliflower puree instead of mashed potatoes or substituting mayonnaise for avocado spread are just a few ways to sneak nutrients into your diet!