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11 ways to fit more veggies into your diet

January 24th, 2014 | no comments

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), compared with people who consume a diet with small amount of fruits and vegetables, those who eat more generous amounts reduce their risks of chronic diseases, cardiovascular diseases and cancer. The likelihood of having a stroke is also reduced. In most cases, cancer and heart disease are preventable, and eating your fruits and veggies is a small step you can take every day to protect yourself. Aim for three cups of vegetables each day. Try one of these ideas:

  1. Add one cup of baby carrots to your smoothie and blend!
  2. Add two handfuls of spinach or kale to your smoothie and blend!
  3. Toss some peppers, mushrooms and onions into your morning omelet
  4. Eat a side salad with your lunch
  5. Pile your sandwich with spinach, alfalfa sprouts, shaved carrots and tomato slices
  6. Fill half of your dinner plate with two cups of steamed broccoli
  7. Whip up some pureed cauliflower and serve as a side dish
  8. Add extra veggies (chopped green beans, carrots, potatoes) to your soup
  9. Snack on cherry tomatoes and cauliflower florets with hummus or peanut butter dip!
  10. Drink eight ounces of low-sodium V8 juice for a snack
  11. Puree a cooked medium sweet potato and mix into your mac-n-cheese! (I did this the other day for dinner using the recipe below!)

Click here for the Sweet Potato Mac & Cheese recipe!

Nutrition Bonus per serving of Sweet Potato Mac & Cheese: Vitamin A (218% daily value), Calcium (45% dv), Magnesium (31% dv), Vitamin C & Zinc (22% dv), Iron & Potassium (18% dv), Folate (16% dv), B12 (15% dv)

 

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