Taste the Rainbow: Best Ways to Eat More Fruits + Veggies

How many times have you gone to the grocery store, stacked your cart sky-high full of fresh, yummy produce, ready to conquer a week full of temptation, only to end up letting those apples rot or that lettuce wilt?

Well, you’re not alone! I get requests almost DAILY, especially from moms, for help on how to eat more fruits and veggies. I mean, we’ve all been there, right? Not to mention how to get our kiddos to eat more too! Getting our kids to eat something other than snacks can prove to be the biggest battle of all. So, I figured I’d equip you with a few of my FAIL-PROOF TIPS to get your babes to gobble their greens.

Top Tips to Adding Fruits + Veggies to Your Diet

Eating more fruits and veggies doesn’t have to be hard. To start, wash them as soon as you get home and set them in a visible, easily accessible bowl. Leaving those crunchy greens beneath all of your other refrigerator clutter is a surefire way to let them wither away! The more visible those healthy choices are, the more likely you are to choose them over their fatty, processed counterparts. From making your kids part of the grocery shopping/meal prep experience to prepping your vegetables as soon as you get home, these tips are certain to make sure you eat more fruits and veggies.

1. Take Your Kids Grocery Shopping

😳 What?! Yes…while most moms stress over grabby kids in their cart (“Mom, can I have this and this and this and this?!” 👧🏼👦🏼👱🏼‍♀️👱🏼‍♂️ “NOOO!!”), we can use this grabby-ness to our advantage by taking them down the produce aisle and letting them EACH choose a fruit and veggie of their choice to buy for the family. Once you make it home, allow them to help you wash the produce, ? chop if necessary, ?? and then store on an easy-to-access shelf.

2. Meal Prep (And Include the Kiddos)

If grocery shopping doesn’t do the trick, you can also include your kids in your weekly meal planning. 📝 Let them have some say over what they’ll be eating over the course of the week, allowing each child to take turns choosing a healthy meal for each day. Helping them feel more a part of the process, whether it?s their chosen healthy meal or not, will encourage them to enjoy the healthy meals that are prepared.

Curious if meal prep is worth it? Hint: It is, and here’s how it will also save you money →

The great thing about meal prep is you only buy what you need, so skip the extras like those Oreos and other snacks that sometimes mysteriously sneak their way into the cart! Keep your shopping list short and sweet, just like your kiddos. 😉

3. Organize Your Produce for Grab + Go Snacks

Click here to shop my favorite meal containers and these reusable baggies are also genius →

Just like the old saying out of sight, out of mind, the same applies to your fruits and veggies. Take an extra 10 minutes after washing your produce to pre-proportion out those fruit and veggies into containers to have on hand. Having easy grab + go snacks will you keep you out of the drive-thru and on track with your healthy living goals! A little preparation sure goes a long way!

4. Hide Fruits + Vegetables in Your Favorite Foods

We’ve all done it: zoodles as our pasta and cauliflower rice as our “regular” rice. Being a mom means getting creative. But just because you’re eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to feel like you’re eating cardboard. Veggies are colorful and fun, and they can be super flavorful, too, especially if you’re taking advantage of my secret weapon: seasonings. Grab your favorite spices, rubs, and seasonings and don’t be shy when it comes to covering those veggies! You can even add a little salt, just be mindful about how much you’re sprinkling!

Get more tips for hiding veggies here →

Each of these simple tips will subconsciously encourage your kiddos to grab and eat MORE of the foods you want them to eat WITHOUT any of the nagging and complaining that usually comes with it. Don’t worry if it doesn’t work like a magic trick. It takes time, and consistency is key. You’re doing great, Mamas!

What’s your favorite way to make sure you stick to your healthy eating goals? Tell me what you do to prep for the week and how you make sure you’re getting all of your servings of fruits and veggies!


Related reading:

Pantry Refresh || How to Organize Your Pantry for Healthy Eating
Fun with Food: A Powell Pack Guide to Healthy Habits
Healthy Meal Prepping: Tips to Eating Healthy on a Budget
Eat Your Veggies: Fun Facts + Fave Recipes
Fit on a Budget: Does Meal Prepping Save You Money?

35 Responses

  1. My name is.christine and I work 4-5 days a week how can I put in the time to work out and eat healthy on the days that I have to work? I have also been trying to quite smoking to and with my husben smoking as well its kinda hard does anyone have any idea or suggestions on what to do?

  2. I have a quick question, in the book Choose More to Loose more, carrots are under the carbs but it says you can pair them on low carb days. Should I be eating carrots on high carb days only or can I eat them anytime as a vegetable?

  3. I have crohns disease and I have a terrible time trying to eat fruits and vegetables without suffering terrible discomfort. Now that I am going though menopause, the changes in my body are almost laughable. I need help and quick !! 😉

  4. I am a new mommy to an ADORABLE 8 month old baby boy and I love to cook quick meals and have leftovers for the week. One of my favorite go to meals that is quick and easy is grilled chicken breast (or fish) with some sort of rub or marinade, paired with a yummy veggie! Last night was Brussels sprouts baked with a little olive oil salt and pepper to taste. This is the BEST recipe for Brussels sprouts, HANDS DOWN! I promise you will like them. 🙂 Other nights I have done zucchini and squash, broccoli or asparagus. YUM!

    Another tip for fruit that needs to be eaten is to put it into your morning bowl of cereal or oatmeal.

    1. You really can’t spot reduce – you can eat healthy foods in the right portions and exercise your entire body regularly, and not only will your abdominal area become toned and fit, but the rest of your body as well! Check out Chris and Heidi’s carb cycling program in their book, “Choose More, Lose More for Life.” The book contains their complete nutrition and exercise program, and it’s the same one they use on the show. It will teach you everything you need to know and do to achieve your health and fitness goals. Learn about the nutrition basics here: https://heidipowell.net/2713/carb-cycling-101/. You can do this!

  5. Every Sunday night I make a large bowl of breakfast scramble, (Egg whites, sausage and boiled potatoes.) divide it into 1 cup servings in ziplock bags. Microwave for 1 minute per bag and the family is set with a hot breakfast to start our day.

  6. I always prepare my snacks and meals the night before so that I can grab and go in the morning . Fail to plan, plan to fail.

  7. Fruits are easy…I put them in bowls, out for hands to reach in and grab. We love asparagus, and I put it in the oven and bake it with a swish of olive oil and a bit of sea salt. If you bake it long enough, it’s almost crunchy! Keep it out during dinner and everyone eats it up like chips. No kidding! The other veggie we “do” is bagged salad. The spinach is really good with strawberries and walnuts. Kind of expensive, but with archery, medieval sword fighting and competitive gymnastics, time is of the essence. My kids also really like broccoli. I buy it frozen and steam it. Don’t judge! It’s really good, and they eat it! Hope this helps other busy moms…

  8. I am always on the lookout for fruits and veggies to use in smoothies (spinach, pineapple, and coconut water is a personal favorite). So I like to blend several right when I get home and store them in the freezer. Then I can easily pull one out when I’m getting ready for work and have a ready-made, healthy breakfast at my desk 🙂

  9. We have “fruit shelf” and a “veggie drawer” in our fridge. The only things that go there are fruits and veggies, and it didn’t take long for us to automatically to those places first when we want a snack 🙂

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