Want to eat healthier? Building a healthy plate is easy when you dedicate half of it to fruits and veggies. It’s also a great way to add color, flavor and texture – not to mention vitamins, minerals and fiber. Aim for two cups of fruit and three cups of vegetables per day.
Tasty ways to eat healthier by squeezing in more fruits and vegetables into your diet:
1. Dip: Whole wheat pita wedges in hummus, baked tortilla chips in salsa, strawberries or apple slices in low-fat yogurt, or graham crackers in applesauce.
2. Top it: Try broccoli, spinach, green peppers, tomatoes, mushrooms or zucchini as pizza toppings.
3. Blend: Mix up a breakfast smoothie made with low-fat milk (or try unsweetened almond milk), frozen strawberries and a banana.
4. Wrap: Roll up roasted vegetables and low-fat cheese in a whole-wheat tortilla.
5. Grill: Skewer up some colorful vegetable kabobs packed with tomatoes, green and red peppers, mushrooms and onions.
6. Slice: Keep cut veggies handy for mid-afternoon snacks, side dishes, lunch box additions or a quick nibble while waiting for dinner.
7. Snack: Keep a bowl of fresh, just ripe whole fruit in the center of your kitchen or dining table for easy-to-grab snacks.
8. Stuff: Turn any omelet into a hearty meal by filling it with veggies and low-fat sharp cheddar cheese.
9. Mix in: Add fruit to your morning oatmeal, ready-to-eat cereal or yogurt.
10. Layer: Including grated, shredded or chopped vegetables like zucchini, spinach and carrots in lasagna, meat loaf, pasta sauce and rice adds layers of flavor.
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