Sunday, March 22, 2009

Five easy ways to enjoy more fruits and vegetables

Our series of posts on nutrition continues with a look at five easy ways to enjoy more fruits and vegetables. Adding fruits and vegetables to your eating plans is as easy as 1, 2, 3…plus 4 and 5.
  1. Wake up to fruit. Make a habit of drinking juice or complementing cereal, yogurt or pancakes with sliced or dried fruit.
  2. Try these “grate” ideas: Add grated, shredded or chopped vegetables, such as zucchini, spinach and carrots to lasagna, meatloaf, mashed potatoes or pasta dishes.
  3. “Sandwich” in fruits and vegetables. Add pizzazz to sandwiches with sliced pineapple, apples, peppers, cucumbers and tomatoes as fillings.
  4. Get creative with pizza. Make it a “deluxe” with vegetable toppings like broccoli, carrot shreds, thinly sliced zucchini, chopped spinach, read and green peppers strips, chopped tomato or any other vegetables.
  5. Stuff an omelet with vegetables. Turn any omelet into a hearty meal with broccoli, squash, carrots, peppers, tomatoes and onions.

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