Buy Pre-Cut Vegetables
If you’re willing to shell out a few extra cents, choose the package of fruits and vegetables at your supermarket that are pre-cut. It may be just your mind playing tricks on you, but you’ll find yourself more tempted to eat them (i.e. tomorrow) if the work’s been done for you. “You’ll eat them faster and more consistently if you eliminate the work of cutting them up,” says Dr. Clark. And to answer the concern that pre-cut vegetables aren’t as healthy as buying them whole, nutritionists at the Cleveland Clinic say that’s just not true — as long as those vegetables are still fresh. Some things to watch out for, though, when buying pre-cut veggies include making sure they’re still raw (meaning they haven’t been pre-cooked), cold (kept in the chilly aisle), fresh (according to a best-before label), and still contain their water (if the veggies have a white outer layer, that’s a sign it’s moisture is drying up, along with their nutrients).
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