I get it. New Year, new you! While there’s nothing wrong with this, let’s just admit that when we start with those BIG resolutions, we’re likely to lose interest by February. That’s because it’s not sustainable! The key is smaller changes that move us towards our most #authentic selves. And I got a good one for ya – eating more fruits and veggies! With many Americans not eating enough fruits and vegetables, this is a great place to start! So I have 3 hacks for you to try to help make incorporating more fruits and veggies into your diet into a habit (and for more tips, be sure to follow us on TikTok @healthylivingbygiant!).
Hack #1: Start Where You Are
A total overhaul of your current eating pattern can set you up for failure (like if you’re thinking of completely eliminating sweets or cutting out carbs). That’s why I love the resolution to eat more fruits and vegetables because we are adding rather than taking away. Start off with small, gradual changes that are more likely to last and lead you to feeling successful and motivated! So maybe that’s adding a fruit to snack time or a vegetable with your meal. Once you go the hang of that, start increasing to every snack or two meals a day – whatever works for you!
Hack #2: Make it easy
Eating more fruits and vegetables won’t happen if you don’t make it easy for yourself! If you have time to wash, peel, and chop – go for it! But if you don’t, remember that frozen and canned are both perfectly great options to get more fruits and vegetables onto your plate! Frozen broccoli is my go-to for easy dinners. Just lay on a sheet pan, drizzle some olive oil, and season with pepper, garlic, and parm to roast!
Hack #3: Get creative
One of the common reasons I hear as to why people don’t eat their veggies is that they are boring. But did you ever think that maybe it’s you that’s boring, not the veggies (jk!)? We gotta make our food taste good to enjoy it! Whether it’s using different spices and seasonings or cooking it in a new way (air-fryer anyone?), find a way to make it tasty so you can actually enjoy it! Our Healthy Living Team featured these Whole Grain Crust Veggie Flatbreads in one of our Try Something New Cook-Alongs and it was a hit! A fun and different way to eat your veggies!
So when it comes to New Year’s resolutions, remember to start small, be realistic, and be consistent!