5 Creative Ways to Incorporate More Fresh Produce Into Your Diet
At Jubilee, we have committed to focus on our health and make better choices in the New Year. We pledged to add more of the good stuff to our plates and that means more leafy greens, juicy fruits and nutrient packed ingredients that fight disease. For some, adding more vegetables is easy, but for others, creating room for fruits and veggies on your plate might be more challenging than you had anticipated. Keep reading for five creative ways to incorporate more fresh produce into your diet.
There is always an opportunity to purchase local produce regardless of the season. In the Northeast, you can find Farmers Markets’ moving indoors for the winter. Despite the bitter cold, vegetables are still being grown and there is a line out the door each Saturday for organic, locally grown greens and root vegetables.
In warmer climates, you will easily find outdoor, year round markets providing fresh, local produce, including strawberries, oranges and avocados. Here along the Gulf Coast of Florida, there are handfuls of outdoor markets dedicated to providing you with the freshest, most organic produce possible. You can find Jubilee at the Bradenton and Sarasota Farmers’ Markets each Saturday. Our team can’t wait to meet you and help you choose the perfect, ready to heat and eat meals for you and your family.
Wander the aisles and take home new fruits to use for snacks or smoothies. Bring home some vegetables that you might not have considered and try roasting them to bring out their unique flavors. Seasonal choices offer fresh options and winter vegetables, such as beets, sweet potatoes, squash and cauliflower that can be chopped and added to stews, sauces, and salads.
Juicing & Smoothie Making
Let’s have a fruitful discussion about juicing in the New Year! This is the easiest way to increase your intake of fruits and veggies on a daily basis and it serves as the perfect supplement to your daily plant-based boost. Break out that juicer or use a blender and focus on whole fruits and vegetables that provide needed fiber and essential nutrients. Vegetable juices such as celery, cucumbers or carrots are great for first time juicers. You can balance your juice out by adding proteins such almond milk, organic yogurt, flaxseed or nut butters. Consider apples, carrots and ginger for great flavor. Use kale, bananas and pineapple to add fiber. Juicing golden beets, blueberries and strawberries gives you a much needed antioxidant boost. Drinking your fruits and veggies is an easy way to increase your daily intake of vital nutrients and fight disease. Start your day with a morning smoothie. It will get your juices flowing!
Not a Veggie Fan? Try Roasting
If you aren’t one that loves the taste of vegetables, consider roasting them with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roasting brings out sweetness in your vegetables that caramelize when cooked. Try any vegetable and leave the sauce pan behind. Use a low-sided, metal baking pan for best results and cut your veggies into uniform sizes for cooking consistency. Season the veggies in a bowl with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and a little spice of your choice. We love adding rosemary! Asparagus, tomatoes, cauliflower, carrots, sweet potatoes, brussels sprouts and beets will wow you with flavor. You might even come to love a vegetable you had never tried before!
That apple a day might help keep the doctor away, so never underestimate the power of increasing your fruit intake. With the variety of unique produce available these days, getting back to basics is a good thing. Moms have always known that the unassuming apple packs a bushel of nutritional power. From school lunches to smoothies, salads and snacks, the apple can help prevent cholesterol from building on artery walls. It also contains potassium, which can help those watching their blood pressure. Use spreads such as nut and seed butters, low-fat cheeses, salsas and hummus to add flavor. Pair an apple with yogurt for a well-balanced breakfast or add it to your sandwich at lunch for a crisp, sweet flavor.
Heat & Eat Soups
Jubilee Organics believes in growing food as nature intended and it starts with quality soil that grows fruits and vegetables without the use of any chemicals or artificial supplements. Our flagship soups are an excellent source of nutrition that is easier to digest and fit easily into a busy schedule. Our products are packed with healing and antioxidant benefits, condensed into one jar that can offer a high intake of daily nutrients for all ages. Our Healing Green Soup can be paired with a whole grain, quinoa or vegetable noodles and served over roasted vegetables or as a stand alone meal. Our Jambalaya is an excellent base and can be used over rice or paired with a whole grain pasta for a feel good meal. Our Hearty Sweet Potato Chili is a nourishing blend of our autumn harvested heirloom sweet potatoes that will strengthen your digestive and immune systems while offering up the best in organic comfort food. Enjoy!