5 Tips to Increase Your Daily Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables

Healthy eating
Plant-based diets
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Fruits and vegetables are essential pillars of a balanced diet, providing a wealth of vitamins, minerals, and fiber. However, sometimes we struggle to consume the recommended amount of these beneficial foods. Fortunately, with a few simple tricks, we can all increase our daily intake of fruits and vegetables.

1. Plan Your Meals Around Vegetables

When you notice certain vegetables starting to wilt, make them the main ingredient in your meals. Plan your menus around these vegetables to consume them before they deteriorate. Even slightly wilted, they can be just as delicious in soups, stir-fries, or smoothies. This approach reduces waste while adding a touch of creativity to your cooking.

2. Experiment with New Recipes Using What You Have

If you already have vegetables at home and are hesitant to experiment without a guided recipe, no problem! Simply type the name of the ingredient into the search bar of a reliable recipe website to find ideas for dishes that incorporate it. Whether you're browsing cooking websites, mobile apps, or even chef videos, you'll discover numerous ways to cook your vegetables, even those you might not have considered before. This will not only diversify your culinary repertoire but also add a creative touch to your daily meals. Taking the time to search for new recipes can inspire you and help you increase your daily vegetable consumption in a delicious and enjoyable way.

3. Store Your Fruits and Vegetables Properly

Improper storage can quickly cause your fruits and vegetables to wilt and become unappetizing. Learn the basics of storage to extend their freshness. Store them in appropriate places, avoid leaving them in direct sunlight, and use reusable bags to keep them fresher for longer. Your foods will remain fresh and crisp, ready to be enjoyed at any time.

4. Opt for the ''Panier anti-gaspi''

At the grocery store but unsure which fruits and vegetables to choose? Let the Improove team choose for you and deliver them right to your door through their weekly home delivery service in the greater Montreal area or via their drop-off points. A great way to start increasing your consumption of fruits and vegetables is by selecting their ''Panier anti-gaspi''.

This Quebec-based nonprofit organization is dedicated to reducing food waste by offering boxes containing around ten varieties of fruits and vegetables. These items come from production surpluses or unsold goods, but they're always of quality or slightly imperfect due to appearance. These foods, though aesthetically different, are just as nutritious and flavorful as their "perfect" counterparts.By choosing these baskets, you are contributing to a more sustainable lifestyle, discovering new varieties of products, and enjoying savings of up to 30% on your grocery list (!!). Are you looking for a way to reduce waste at home? The commitment-free subscription with Improove is not only cost-effective but also incredibly convenient!

5. Consult a Registered Dietitian for Personalized Advice

For additional tips and personalized advice on increasing your fruit and vegetable consumption, consult a registered dietitian. These healthcare professionals can develop strategies tailored to your needs and preferences, helping you incorporate more essential nutrients into your daily diet. Schedule an appointment with a dietitian from TeamNutrition now!

Towards Better Eating Habits Together

With these simple and practical tips, you're on the path to a diet richer in fruits and vegetables. Following these recommendations not only helps reduce food waste but also allows you to discover new flavors and take care of your health. Even small changes can have a significant impact on your long-term well-being. So, take the first step today towards a diet that's more nutrient-rich and flavorful.

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Registered Dietitian Nutritionist