Easy Ways to Eat More Fruits & Veggies
Looking for an easy way to get more fruits and vegetables into your family’s daily routine? The old saying goes, out of sight out of mind, and that can be very true when it comes to eating fruits and vegetables. Keeping fruits and vegetables readily available in easy to see and reach areas is one of the easiest ways to increase your family’s fruit and vegetable intake. Studies show that when fruits and vegetables are readily available or at eye level fruit and vegetable intake goes up. For your family, this could mean storing fruits and vegetables in the fridge at yours and the kids’ eye levels instead of tucked away in a drawer. This could also mean keeping a bowl of your favorite produce items on the kitchen counter or table where it is easy to grab and go.
Easiness is key when it comes to adding more fruits and vegetables into your day. Make sure the fruits and vegetables you leave out for snacking can be easily eaten raw. Some examples of produce that are great for this are grapes, tomatoes, apples, celery, and bananas. When deciding which fruits and vegetables to leave out on the counter and which to leave at eye level in the fridge make sure to take into account where these produce items are best stored. For example, tomatoes and bananas should be kept on the counter while celery and grapes should be stored in the fridge. Apples can be stored either on the counter or in the fridge based on preference.
Give it a try and keep your fruits and vegetables where they can be easily grabbed by anyone passing by and let everyone know these fruits and vegetables are up for grabs!
Watts, A.W., Loth, K., Berge, J.M., Larson, N., & Neumark-Sztainer, D. (2017). No time for family meals? Parenting practices associated with adolescent fruit and vegetable intake when family meals are not an option. Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 117(5) p.707-714