2021: International Year of Fruits & Vegetables!

This year is the International Year of Fruits and Vegetables (IYFV).

Proclaimed at the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, IYFV is a unique opportunity to raise awareness of the important role of fruits and vegetables in nutrition, food security, and human and planetary health. It also aims to reduce food loss and waste and promote sustainability.

As naturopathic doctors, we are ALL about fruits and vegetables. There isn’t a day that goes by that the StoneTree lunch table isn’t full of awesome veggies of all shapes and sizes.  

Of course, we all know that it’s one thing to say “eat your veggies” but an entirely different job to actually do it. This year, as part of IYFV, the StoneTree team will be bringing you their favourite tricks for getting more veggies and fruits into their family lives.

To kick things off, here are Dr. Maggie’s tips! 

  • Add spinach to my smoothie
  • Do my best to always have cut up veggies in the fridge that are easy to grab as a snack (usually with hummus)
  • Aim for a salad every day–if I’m not eating a salad for lunch, then I need to make a side salad for dinner

Kid bonus

  • Make a double serving of my smoothie (with spinach) that my kids also drink
  • Serve veggie ‘appetizers’ before pizza night (works every time!)
  • They always need to TRY (even just one bite) the vegetables that they ‘don’t like’ because after a lot of trying I’ve noticed that they eventually come around and decide it’s not that bad 🙂

Adding more produce to your diet is a habit change. And one that you can successfully make! If you missed our series on how to build sustainable, healthy habits this year, you’ll find it here.