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We all know fruits and vegetables should be key staples of our daily diet – but sometimes filling half your plate at each meal can be challenging.
Guess what? Adding more fruits and vegetables to your diet doesn’t have to be complicated with these easy 10 tips.
1. Boost Your Breakfast
Eating a hearty, healthy breakfast sets the tone for the day. It’s also a perfect time to add in fruits and veggies. Why not start your day with this Banana Breakfast Smoothie or top your Overnight Oats with fruit? If you prefer something more savory in the morning, add sautéed veggies to your eggs.
2. Stack It
Stacking your sandwich or wrap with more veggies is a great way to add flavor,
texture, color, and nutrients. It will also keep you fuller longer. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even add fruit, like in this
Tuna Apple Salad Sandwich.
3. Pack It
Pack fresh fruit or veggies to eat in place of your typical afternoon snack. If your sweet tooth acts up in the afternoon, having a juicy apple with nut butter or a handful of berries on hand will keep you full and satisfied.
4. Meal Prep
Plan ahead by meal prepping. Roast a variety of veggies to eat for lunch as sides or to toss into grain bowls and salads. Our Rainbow Roasted Veggies are a good place to start. Or, you can eat veggies fresh, frozen and anyway you like. Just be sure to fill half your plate each day.
5. Skip The Chips
Eat your favorite dips using fresh veggies instead of chips. Pro-tip: bell peppers, carrots, and cucumbers make tasty dippers for hummus, guacamole, and salsa!
6. Serve It Up.
Start dinner with a salad. It will fill you up and prevent you from overeating throughout the rest of the meal. Salads don’t have to be bland. Try this Peach Raspberry Almond Salad.
7. Soup’s On
Toss fresh, frozen or canned veggies into a hearty stew like this Slow Cooker Hearty Vegetable and Bean Soup. When you order soup while dining out, opt for soups with a vegetable base over a creamy one.
8. Meals Can Be Meatless
There’s plenty of lean meat options out there like ground turkey, chicken breasts and more. But if you’re wanting to stick with just veggies or if your kid is having a hard time eating certain proteins, try this Pulled Carrot BBQ Sandwich or Eggs Over Kale and Sweet Potato Grits for starters.
9. Don’t Fear the Frozen
Try buying frozen fruits and veggies that you can use in a variety of dishes. Frozen fruit is best for smoothies because it creates a thicker, creamier texture. It’s also a great way to sneak in veggies and your kids won’t know! Plan ahead by making these Smoothie Packs you can pop in the blender when you’re on the go.
10. Add Veggies To Pasta
Make your favorite pasta dishes more about the veggies than the pasta. Try using whole wheat pasta as your base and then adding in three to four veggies to brighten the dish up. Get started by making this Whole Wheat Pasta Salad.
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