I cannot tell you how I long to be in my garden again! I absolutely love spending time outside tending to my garden and teaching my kids how veggies in our garden grow, what the different veggies look like, and which ones we can eat raw without cooking. (Plus, it’s a great way to absorb some naturally sourced vitamin D from the sun!). Certain vegetables have a longer shelf life than others, if stored properly, but living in Alberta and in colder climates, our access to our own fresh produce can be limited.
So, when vegetables and fruits can be more expensive in the winter, the cheaper alternative can be frozen, but are they as healthy? The answer is yes! We shouldn’t cut fruits and veggies from our diet just because they aren’t fresh. According to Canada’s Food Guide, adults should be consuming 7-10 servings of fruit and vegetables daily! The more, the better! One way that I’m guaranteed to get veggies into my kids is by adding a handful of spinach to their daily smoothies. You can’t taste it at all, and though it turns a normally purple or pink smoothie into a dull green colour, they taste great! You can find some great smoothie recipes here.
I know it’s hard to get all of your veggie and fruit servings in a day and the nutrition that comes with it, which is why we can supplement with vitamins as necessary. Jay and I just started taking Adult Essentials Gummies Multivitamins every day, formulated for the different nutritional needs of men and women. No need to worry about allergies if you have them, these don’t contain dairy, nut or gluten products.
If you would like to try a bottle of the Adult Essentials Multivitamins, you can enter this giveaway. Be sure to comment and tell me what your favourite way to consume fruits and veggies is. A favourite recipe? A smoothie? Please share!
Disclosure: I am part of the Life Science Nutritionals blogger program with Influence Central and I receive special perks as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.