Ways to Incorporate More Vegetables and Fruits in your Diet

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It’s good to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet for a variety of health benefits, including losing weight. Whether you cook at home or eat out, try these easy ways to sneak more colorful, nutritious and delicious vegetables and fruits into your snacks and meals (even breakfast). 

Set a goal: If fruits and vegetables are minor items in your menu, start by eating one extra fruit or vegetable a day. When you’re used to that, add another and keep going.

Start off right: Ditch your morning donut for an omelet with onions, peppers, and mushrooms. Top it with some salsa to wake up your palate. Or boost your morning cereal or oatmeal with a handful of strawberries, blueberries, or dried fruit.

Sneak in: Adding finely grated carrots or zucchini to pasta sauce, meat loaf, chili, or a stew is one way to get an extra serving of vegetables. 

Dip it in:  If the natural flavor of carrots, celery, broccoli, or other veggies isn’t enough, try dipping them into hummus or another bean spread, some spiced yogurt, or even a bit of ranch dressing. Or slather peanut butter on a banana or slices of apple.

Give them the heat treatment: Roasting vegetables is easy and brings out new flavors. Cut up onions, carrots, zucchini, asparagus, turnips whatever you have on hand coat with olive oil, add a dash of balsamic vinegar, and roast until done. Grilling is another way to bring out the taste of vegetables. Use roasted or grilled veggies as a side dish, put them on sandwiches, or add them to salads.

And there you have it, simple yet delicious ways to get that goodness incorporated in your daily lifestyle. So go on and get these fresh colorful foods from your grocery store and start making healthy choices.

 

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