If you are reading this, you already know how important it is to eat more fruits and vegetables. You already know to eat more salad (but try some new vegetables, and new dressing and add fruit to your veggie salads). You already know to eat fresh fruit and cut up vegetables for snacks.
You already know to include fresh fruit and cut up vegetables in brown bag lunches. You already know to eat fruit for dessert instead of sweets. Here are some more ideas to get you going.
Eat More Fruits And Vegetables For Breakfast
1. Add bananas, blueberries, strawberries or chopped apples to pancakes or waffles.
2. Add fresh, frozen or dried fruit to your oatmeal, cream of wheat or cold cereal. Try bananas, berries, raisins, dried apricots, dates, apples, or peaches.
3. Add chopped up bell peppers, onion, mushrooms, tomatoes, broccoli or spinach to your scrambled eggs or omelet.
4. Have a smoothie for breakfast for a change. For a generic starter recipe try mixing 1 c. frozen fruit, 3/4 c. fruit juice and 1/2 c. vanilla yogurt in the blender.
Eat More Fruits And Vegetables For Lunch
5. Add extra fresh slices of cucumber, tomato, bell peppers, onion, avocado or pieces of lettuce to all your sandwiches. You can wrap the vegetables separately so they don’t make the bread soggy if you need to.
6. Skip the jelly and have sliced apples, bananas or tomatoes with your peanut butter sandwiches.
Eat More Fruits And Vegetables For Dinner
7. Add chopped tomatoes, mushrooms, bell peppers, broccoli and onion to homemade or store-bought pizza.
8. Grill vegetables when you cook that meat on the grill. Put cut-up asparagus, mushrooms, cabbage, zucchini, summer squash, bell peppers or onions on kabobs or wrap them in heavy duty foil.
9. Add thawed frozen chopped and squeezed out spinach to ground beef before forming it into burgers or a meatloaf.
10. Add shredded carrots or zucchini to your tomato sauce in dishes like spaghetti or lasagna.
11. Top your baked potatoes with salsa, or cooked broccoli or cauliflower in cheese sauce.
Check out my Eat the Rainbow blog post to help you eat a wider variety of fruits and vegetables.
Check out my list of RECIPES to help you eat more fruits and vegetables.
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