Never underestimate the fact that you need to eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables.
Potatoes do not count.
In fact, instead of regular potatoes, you should cook and eat sweet potatoes.
I’m not kidding.
Sweet potato chips and sweet potato fries are a healthier alternative to regular potato chips and fries.
Yes, you do have to expend more energy to prepare them.
But it’s worth the extra effort, especially for the sake of your health.
Small swaps such as this are extremely helpful.
The other healthy strategy is to add a wide variety of vegetables to, say, a sauce. Cream sauces can have cauliflower added to them which provides more texture without compromising the flavor too heavily, and tomato based sauce can have virtually any vegetable (in small quantities, think a quarter cup) added to it.
Also, never underestimate the health benefits of fresh fruit. The key to the fresh fruit situation is to mix your fruit up- why eat just an apple or just grapes when you can have both?
The except to this rule, for me, is blueberries. I could eat blueberries by the truckload!