These are the five best ways to eat more fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and other plants every day to feel your best and increase your intake of essential nutrients.
You’ve probably been told to finish your veggies or eat more fruit. And it’s true that fresh produce is packed with the nutrients your body needs to thrive and perform.
But it’s not just leafy greens and apples that can enhance your diet. Other plant-based foods like nuts, seeds, legumes, and grains are all jam-packed with good-for-you vitamins, minerals, and other compounds that contribute to a well-rounded, nutrient-dense diet.
Getting your recommended daily vitamin intake with plant-based meals is actually easier than you think to meet your recommended daily vitamin intake. For example, our Earth Nut burger already contains 13 grams of fiber, 30 percent Iron, 10% Calcium, and has 23 grams of Protein. Pair our burger with a whole wheat bun, deconstruct our burger on top of a salad or add some extra fruit next to our breakfast sausage and you’ll get extra essential vitamins and minerals.
To help you hit––or exceed––your recommended daily intake of the essential vitamins and minerals, here are five easy and delicious ways to eat more plants every day.
Five Ways to Eat More Plants Every Day
Even if you think you’re not a veggie person, eating more plants can be tastier, and a lot easier than you might think.
1. Start with a smoothie
A frosty blended fruit and vegetable smoothie is a great way to start your day with more plants. Unlike juicing, blending fruits and veggies leaves all of that gut-healthy fiber in your drink.
Plus, it’s easy to customize your blend with any of your favorite flavors. From creamy strawberry-banana to tropical pineapple and coconut, you can easily pack your blender with tons of healthy produce for a sippable drink or thick smoothie bowl.
2. Sneak greens into your sandwiches
Next time you’re packing or ordering a sandwich for lunch, stash some crunchy greens between the bread. This is an easy way to add an extra serving of veggies to your day.
And lettuce can add flavor and a crispy, crunchy texture to your wrap or sandwich too. While you’re at it, go ahead and add sliced cucumber, tomato, or bell pepper into the mix for more nutrients and color. Sprouts, microgreens, and shredded cabbage are all high-fiber sandwich additions too.
3. Opt for plant-based protein
Instead of going for meat at every meal, make plants the star of one or two meals a day. Earth Nut burgers are a delicious, convenient, and flavorful swap for meat in many of your favorite entrees. Reach for Earth Nut patties for your next taco night or toss them in a veggie-packed stir-fry.
Our burgers offer an especially high bang for your buck when it comes to eating more plants. They’re made with two power-house plant-based proteins, peanuts, and chickpeas. And our three flavor options mean there’s something for every palate, from spicy to savory.
4. Snack right
Instead of reaching for a bag of chips or cookies when you need an afternoon pick-me-up, go for something with health benefits that still satisfies. To quell a sweet craving, grab dates stuffed with nut butter. For something savory, kale chips are a great crunchy alternative to pretzels or potato chips.
5. Swap your milk
Give non-dairy milk a try in your breakfast cereal or even for baking. There’s a wide variety of creamy, flavorful plant milk out there. And they’re not all made from nuts. Hemp, oat, and soy milk are all healthy, plant-based alternatives to dairy milk. Many of them even foam up for frothy lattes and cappuccinos. And while you’re at it, go ahead and add dairy-free yogurt for breakfast.
Use these five healthy ways to eat more plants every day, and your body will thank you today and in the future.