The Most Versatile Fruits and Veggies
All fruits and vegetables are good for you, so it is great if you find opportunities to add them to your diet. However, some of them are a little easier to consume than others, simply because they are more versatile. Here are some of the more versatile fruits and veggies that tend to be easy to add to your diet.
If you are looking for fruit that is healthy, low in fat and calories, and has a lot of different uses, then lemons are it. The sweet and sour taste of lemon and the fact that the juice can be used for so many things, makes lemons one of the most versatile fruits you can get. Here are some of the many uses with just lemons or lemon juice:
- Add the lemon juice to your juice, smoothie, or infused water
- Use lemon juice in your recipes
- Squeeze it on top of your salad in lieu of dressing
- Make a dressing or marinade by using lemon juice and other seasonings
- Top salmon or chicken when baking it
- Tenderize meats while using lemon
- Add lemon peel to your pasta dishes
As far as vegetables go, cauliflower is one of the most versatile ones you can choose. To start with, cauliflower is really easy to add as a healthy side dish for your meals, such as combining it with carrots and broccoli that are steamed and serving with fish or poultry, or adding chopped cauliflower to your casseroles. Another reason they are versatile is because they have a bland flavor and interesting texture that makes it easy to turn them into mock versions of your favorite foods. For example, you can blend up cauliflower in a food processor to make mock mashed potatoes or even make cauliflower rice. This is a really popular option for anyone on a low-carb diet.
Think about all the times you add tomatoes to your recipes without even thinking about it; you can imagine how versatile they are! For example, most of your Italian or Mexican recipes are going to use tomatoes at some point, whether you dice it up for a salsa, blend it for a pasta sauce, or add tomatoes to your rice or pasta as-is. They can also be sliced up for sandwiches and burgers, added to soup, or added to casseroles. The options are practically endless when it comes to this fruit.
Beans and Legumes
Also don’t forget about beans and legumes, even though they aren’t exactly fruits or vegetables. They are still closely related, good for you, and easy to turn into a lot of different meals and snacks. From having some snap peas as a healthy snack, to adding beans and legumes to soup, chili, salad, or casseroles, you will have a lot of different options by always having them on hand.
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