By: Marina Delio
Splurging to celebrate once in awhile is fun, but it’s important to take care of our bodies. A nutritious diet is crucial to our overall happiness, so we need to nourish ourselves as best we can all year long. Here are five easy ways to add more nutrients without necessarily realizing it.
Smoothies are one of the easiest (and yummiest!) ways to load up on fruits and vegetables. Stock your freezer with frozen fruit and you’ll be ready to make a delicious frosty treat anytime.
Some key flavours are strawberry-banana, orange-mango, pineapple-mango and mixed berry.
Easy Smoothie Recipe
To make any smoothie, fill your blender with juice or milk up to the blades. Add 1 cup of frozen fruit and blend. Add more liquid if the fruit stops turning. For a green smoothie, add 1 cup of fresh baby spinach and blend until there are no more visible green pieces.
Tip: For a protein boost, add yogurt, chia seeds, peanut butter or protein powder.
2. Salads for Dinner
With plenty of delicious fresh fruits and vegetables available, it’s easy to enjoy salad as a mouth-watering main course.
Mexican-inspired Salad Recipe
Top crunchy romaine lettuce with black beans, halved cherry tomatoes, fresh sweet corn kernels, chopped bell peppers, avocadoes, your favourite dressing and the protein of your choice.
3. Fruit for Snacking and Dessert
Frozen fruit also makes a tasty treat on its own. Instead of sugary ice cream, freeze grapes. Frozen grapes taste incredibly sweet and can be made into natural mini ice pops. Just be sure not to give them to small children, as they do pose a choking hazard.
If you’re craving ice cream, toss some frozen bananas or pineapple into a food processor and blend until smooth and creamy, and eat with a spoon.
Use our recipe for creamy cherry fruit dip to satisfy that craving, too!
4. Plant a Garden
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 fruits and vegetables growing in your backyard. Juicy stone fruit like peaches, plums and apricots are in season in the summer, as well as sweet berries, tasty tomatoes, summer squash and more.
5. Vegetable Swaps
Try swapping out one item on your plate for a vegetable option instead. Making cauliflower puree instead of mashed potatoes or substituting avocado spread for mayonnaise are just a few ways to sneak nutrients into your summer diet!
Marina is a mom of two and author of the Yummy Mummy Kitchen blog and cookbook. Marina loves cooking, healthy living, crafts and gardening. She lives in Santa Barbara, Calif., with her husband, little girls, cat and five chickens.