Sunday, January 11, 2015

Get Healthy Challenge Week 2- Add produce in the morning

Hey Everyone. How did your first week of the challenge go. I found that tracking my water consumption was a great way to reach my target for the day. I tracked my water using Plant Nanny which also makes it quite fun.

As well as continuing with the good work this week with drinking water, we will also focus on increasing our fruit and vegetable intake. To do this, the aim is to add produce into breakfast. This can either be fruits or vegetables.

The benefits of eating lots of plant-based foods (fruits and vegetables) seems pretty evident. Fruits and vegetables provide us with lots of important vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Although the recommended daily intake for fruits and vegetables is 5 per day, I generally aim for more than this, but some days it can definitely be difficult to get them in.

Like with water, starting your day of well puts you in good stead, therefore, why I have made it the goal this week to try and add some produce in the morning.

So how can you go about doing this?

If you are like me and tend to gravitate towards the sweeter side of breakfast then try to add some fruit in.

  • Slice banana to have with peanut butter on toast.
  • If you usually eat cereal, slice up some berries or try stone fruits such as apricots or peaches
  • One of my favourite breakfasts is a chopped up apple with plain yoghurt and muesli
  • Most fruits taste great mixed in with your oats. Try apples, apricots or berries.

If you tend to prefer a savoury breakfast then try adding in vegetables like avocado or tomatoes (technically they may not be vegetables, but let's just call them that for now).
  • Mash an avocado with a drizzle of lemon juice to put on toast or an English muffin.
  • If you usually eat eggs try adding some spinach or cherry tomatoes to your plate

And if you are feeling particularly brave, add some greens such as spinach or kale to your morning smoothie. Adding a handful of baby spinach ups the nutrients in your smoothie (I promise it doesn't affect the taste).

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