Fruits and veggies. We know we need them. We know they provide essential vitamins, minerals, and other important nutrients. We know they can fill us with fiber and antioxidants at the same time. They’re good stuff. Vital stuff. We can’t deny their place in a healthy diet.
I honestly love most all fruits and veggies. Minus asparagus. Fitness competition prep killed that one for me. Besides that odd veggie out, I can’t think of a one I don’t like. Liking my produce doesn’t necessarily mean it’s easier to fit into my daily eats. That comes with finding a variety of ways to include those tasty greens, flavorful fruits, and fiber-filled loves.
One of the main ways I pile in the produce is through large salads.
Greek Feta Salad
At least 4 to 5 times a week I have a mouth-watering salad for either lunch or dinner. I try not to go with your typical “house” side salad you may find at a restaurant, though. I want to amp up the flavor to make my salad more palatable. I include a wide variety of produce, then add in some fun extras like nuts, cheeses, hummus (so good!), beans, veggie burgers, or some other protein source. Don’t think fruit doesn’t work in a salad either. It does! Berries and oranges are a fave of mine. I end up with CUPS of produce in a filling, healthy meal.
Sometimes a salad just doesn’t sound too appealing and I want something heartier. Enter soup. You can load so many vegetables into soup so easily. And it’s always delicious. One of my favorite veggie filled recipes is Courtney’s Crockpot Veggie Stew.
What about sneaking produce into other things for that extra oomph of nutrition? I don’t like HIDING things from my kids, but I still use the “grate or puree” trick. It doesn’t hurt to add a bit extra to other meals by either grating some vegetables (carrot sticks, zucchini, squash, and even eggplant) or pureeing fruits or veggies (strawberries, butternut squash, sweet potato, or applesauce are some I have used). I then add these to sauces, baked goods, or even right into recipes like my Veggie Filled Sloppy Joes.
Beyond all of those, the tried and true method I use most of all? On a daily basis? Smoothies! One of my all time favorite (and most delicious!) ways to get in more produce. So many things can blend right in, it’s amazing! I guess that’s why I’m such a fan of Naked Juice.
I remember the first time I tried Naked Juice – on a beach vacation when a friend brought out a bottle of purple stuff and said it was the best stuff ever. I read the ingredients and kind of freaked out. Beets? Sweet potato? Carrots? Chickpeas??? In a smoothie/juice?! Then I tried it and was forever sold.
Obviously by the fact I couldn’t hold off on breaking into these babies after getting home from the store.
I tried more flavors over the years and all satisfied. And all blew my mind with the number of good things they could fit into each bottle. Two of my all time favorites are the Mighty Mango and Strawberry Banana flavors. You can’t go wrong with classic Strawberry Banana and I’m just a sucker for anything mango.
Mighty Mango boasts 1 1/4 mangoes, 1/2 orange, 1 3/4 apples, 1/3 banana, and a hint of lemon in its 15 ounce size. In other words, loaded with Vitamins A and C. Each sip is like a tropical burst.
Then, the Strawberry Banana with 22 strawberries crammed in a single bottle. It tastes just like you would expect a strawberry banana smoothie to taste. Smooth, slightly creamy, and fresh.
I love Naked Juice on it’s own for a satisfying refreshment, but I wanted to take it a step further and use it as an excellent post workout recovery drink by adding a little protein. And while I was at it, why not some vegetable goodness too?
First up, freeze the Naked Juice into ice cubes. I did half and half so I could have options. Then, I used those ice cubes and some almond milk as the base for a supremely delightful drink.
- 4 frozen cubes of Mighty Mango Naked Juice
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
- 1/2 cup frozen mango chunks
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I use Vega brand – even more veggie power!)
- 2 large handfuls raw spinach leaves
Blend, blend, blend.
Mango perfection! I can’t wait to use this technique with the Strawberry Banana!!!! Hmmm? What should I add to it? Any recommendations?
How do you get in ample produce? Ever tried Naked Juice? What’s your fave flavor? Also check out the awesome things they are doing in the community below!
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