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5 ways to get your extra servings of veggies in!

Hide it:

It’s the easiest way, even for the most pickey of eaters. Maybe you don’t like the taste of a lot of fruits and veggies, or maybe eating them alone or raw is a complete turn off.

  • Add broccoli to Mac & Cheese give your comfort food some extra nutrients
  • Spinach in your smoothie! I promise you won’t even taste it.
  • Add an extra can of tomatoes to chili.
  • Peppers and onions on tacos or fajitas.

 

Spice It Up:

If there was a choice of steamed veggies with no seasonings in a buffet, there is a good chance that I would pass and just get the fries. Make the veggies fun add some spices make the potatoes garlic and herb, or cajun or taco style. One of my favorite brands of spices is Mrs. Dash because It’s all the flavor without the added sodium. In the past Mrs. Dash had only the original flavor. However, if you go to the spice isle today there will probably be an entire section of just Mrs. Dash with flavors ranging from spicy cajun to tomato basil and onion. A little olive oil and a dash of seasoning can go a long way when you are making vegetables.

Make it colorful:

There are a ton of health benefits to eating a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables. Eat the Rainbow! It’s not just about the broccoli, green veggies and lettuce, they are great for you but colors other than green are good too. If you want extra detail on how all of this works, check it out at http://www.todaysdietitian.com/newarchives/110308p34.shtml

 

Pick it with a plan:

Do not  just buy a vegetable from the grocery store because you were told it’s good for you. If you are not going to eat it, or do not have a plan to eat it, it can add up to a lot of expensive food  rotting in your fridge. The plan does not have to be some extravagant dish that takes you hours to make, unless that’s what you wanted. Sometimes the plan can be as simple as washing your produce, cutting it up and leaving it on the counter during the day to snack on. The point is, only buy it if you are going to use it.

 

Make it pretty:

Much of what we choose to eat is based on how the food looks. Over cooked soggy burnt vegetables are unappetizing regardless of the taste. If the food looks gross you probably would not even taste it to see if it is better than it looks. Try not to overcook your veggies. Grilling, sauteing and blanching veggies can keep them looking as delicious as they taste. If it takes adding cheese to your broccoli to eat broccoli, do that. Make it the way that you know you will eat it!

 

If you are looking for more specific recipes on ways to add fruits and veggies to your everyday foods feel free to shoot me an email, I’d love to talk food with you! jenabartholomy@gmail.com

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