Fruits and vegetables: we know they are good for us, but sometimes we get bored with the same old ways to eat them – so we slack and don’t eat as much as we should.
Why should we eat more fruits and vegetables than we are eating now? There are several reasons. They’re low in calories. (Did you know that if you eat plain celery, you burn more calories chewing it than you consume by eating it?) They’re full of fiber, which is an important nutrient – people of all ages need 20-30 grams a day, but most of us only get 15. They are, for the most part, easy to eat. They’re colorful, which can make it more fun to eat your meal. Really, there’s no reason for us not to eat them (aside from not liking the taste).
Mixing it up your fruits and veggie recipes
If you’re tired of just eating plain fresh fruits over and over, that’s understandable. But there are other options for you! Just make a point to squeeze in more fruits and veggies into your diet whenever you can. Salads are a great means of getting your meal as healthy as you can. Especially with fruit salads, you’ll have a fresh mix of both vegetables and fruits at your hand, with no loss of flavor!
Chef Todd Schrage at The Esquiline is quite familiar with the benefits of having more fruits and vegetables in your diet. At his job, he’s always making fresh, healthy food for the residents at The Esquiline, and they love it. Some of their favorite dishes are also some of the healthiest!
Todd told us that the following spring/summertime dishes are the residents’ favorites:
- Cold strawberry soup
- Cobb salad with fresh avocado
- Pasta primavera with fresh asparagus and broccoli
- Croissant club with sliced fresh fruit
- Fresh vegetable frittata
The people here love these recipes and frequently give the chef rave reviews over them.
Interested in finding your own recipe to experiment with? Thanks to the internet, that’s a breeze! Look up recipes you can make based on what you already have, or just explore and find something you think you’ll love.