It may sound daunting to include 2 cups of fruit and 2-1/2 cups of vegetables in to your meals daily, but some simple tips and tricks will make it seem effortless.
- A “taco themed” baked potato is a delicious way to work in several vegetables. Top with taco meat, beans, lettuce, tomatoes, olives, and salsa and you have a veggie-filled meal, or top with a simple broccoli and cheese mixture for a double packed veggie side.
- Load up kabob sticks with a rainbow of vegetables, from bell peppers to onions to mushrooms, and throw them on the grill.
- Keep a filled fruit bowl on the counter for quick and nutritious snacks.
- Start off your day with a veggie stuffed omelette or scrambled eggs. Peppers, onions, broccoli and squash all taste wonderful in eggs and this breakfast will keep you full for hours.
- Frozen fruit in a smoothie is a perfect snack and a great way to sneak in more fruit. Try frozen strawberries, peaches, pineapple, berries, and banana, mixed with non-fat milk and yogurt. As an added bonus, throw in some spinach or kale for delicious vegetable addition.
- Pizza night? Load it up with veggies!
- Keep your freezer stocked with frozen vegetables for quick side dish options.
- Fruit for dessert? Absolutely! Try fresh berries with whipped cream on top or a banana with frozen yogurt and nuts.
- Eat a cup of low sodium vegetable soup along with your favorite sandwich. They’re a match made in heaven.
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