No matter how many fad diets may be out there, one thing all of them share is the health benefits of fresh fruit and vegetables. Fresh greens are filled with vitamins and fiber that are good for your long-term health. And while we may not have liked to eat our vegetables as kids, as adults there are a lot of great dishes that incorporate them.
Muffins are a great breakfast food because of the long-lasting energy they provide all day. If they’re a little bland for your taste though, blueberries and blackberries are perfect for adding a little sweetness. If you’re being especially health-conscious, be sure to use whole wheat while baking.
An even simpler breakfast option is grapefruit. Grapefruits are great because they’re in season during winter, which makes them the perfect burst of energy to start your day and break you out of winter gloom. Most people who consume grapefruit cut it in half, but why not get fancy and try splitting it into quarters? It’s a little less messy that way.
While an artichoke can be hard to tell from a green pinecone to the uninitiated, artichokes are the favorite of many people for a reason. There’s a hundred ways to prepare them, but one we’re especially fond of is soaking them in garlic butter and oven roasting them. This isn’t the healthiest way to cook them, but there’s no denying just how good they taste.
Moving back to the simpler end of the spectrum, peas are a wonderful source of nutrition in a little package, and parmesan peas is a fast way of preparing them. Just heat a bowl, melt some butter, add shallots and peas, dribble some lemon juice, and season with parmesan to your taste. It’s a fast way of mainlining energy and fiber when you need it or adding an extra dish to a dinner.
While not green by any means (and if they are don’t eat them!), mushrooms are still good for you and can be added to fill out practically any dish. If you want to make them the centerpiece of their own dish though, pizza-stuffed mushrooms are the way to go. Despite its name, with this recipe, you’ll be taking mushroom caps and stuffing them with mozzarella, basil, marinara sauce, and then putting the whole arrangement in the oven for 15 minutes.
Unfortunately, what produce is going to be freshest and least expensive will vary by season. Use this guide on the different recipes you can use depending on what time of year it is to help you manage seasonal produce purchases. If you’re having trouble affording to add fruits and vegetables to your diet, consider taking out an installment loan. There’s nothing more important than your health.