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Slice Fruits and Veggies in Advance For Salads and Snacks

Smarter Eats: Slice Fruits and Veggies to Go

There is a reason that baby-cut carrots continue to outsell regular carrots: people want a convenient, no-fuss snack. I too have been lured by the rounded edges of those cute little veggies. However, in an attempt to save money, I've been buying regular carrots that I wash and chop myself. It doesn't stop at carrots either; every Sunday I slice up a variety of fruits and veggies that I use throughout the week.

Since I've been doing this, I eat healthier. Now when I want a quick snack, I reach for some apple slices or broccoli florets instead of crackers. It also makes packing lunch or snacks for the day much easier. And even though it may sound weird, just having the fruits and veggies sliced up makes me eat more of them. I'm constantly topping things with fruit now because everything is ready to go.

Perhaps the biggest benefit I've seen from slicing up fruits and veggies ahead of time is that I cook more. In the past, when I came home tired from work, I used to just order delivery or go out to eat — not anymore. Now I make myself a big salad, or throw together a veggie stir-fry in just a matter of minutes. Perhaps I should always have quinoa and grilled chicken ready at a moment's notice too . . .

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Advah Advah 7 years
Thanks v much for the advice, ladies! :)
Kellanawida Kellanawida 7 years
I really need to get in the habit of taking healthy snacks with me when I'm out and about!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I keep baby carrots in my fridge, but when I get garden fresh large carrots, I cut a bunch of them up at the beginning of the week and keep them in a plastic tub in my fridge so I can grab them for a snack. I also keep celery and broccoli in there so I can always grab veggies.
fuzzles fuzzles 7 years
Advah, For carrots (and celery), it works well to store the sticks in a covered container in the fridge with plenty of water for them to swim around in. Keeps them nice and crisp. And Sonia is right about the lemon juice. Work great on sliced pears, too. Depending on what I intend to use them for, I might toss in a little cinnamon. Almost (but not quite) like a pie filling, only crispy. :drool:
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
Lemon juice on apple slices helps them from browning. Heck, I just love putting lemon on everything :) Mexican fruit cups = fabulous.
Advah Advah 7 years
When I've tried that in the past, the carrots stick would dry out after one day in the fridge (even if in a sealed tupperware) and the apple slices brown within a couple of hours. Any tips to prevent this?
Fitness Fitness 7 years
Great points anonymous and ayabeachgirl. The nutritionist I spoke with said that fruits and veggies will start to lose nutritional content 5-6 days after being washed and/or sliced. I hope this helps!
ayabeachgirl ayabeachgirl 7 years
I find doing this is truly helpful. But like anonymous said, they're only good for few days if you wash/cut them beforehand. (that's where frozen varieties come in handy -- although more $$, I won't waste them if I end up not using them soon enough)
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