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Making Your Home Fruit & Veggie Friendly

Fruits and vegetables are rich in nutrients that can help to protect us from everything from the common cold to cancer. These plant sources make for filling snacks and they balance meals, keeping us satisfied for longer. Here are some ways to add more fruits and vegetables into your daily diet:

  • Bulk up soups with cut up veggies.
  • Prepare homemade smoothies with beets.
  • Add color to omelets with red peppers.
  • Mix canned pumpkin with a bowl of oatmeal.
  • Use avocado as a sandwich spread.
  • Dip fresh broccoli in plain Greek yogurt mixed with ranch dressing powder.
  • Add an extra serving of vegetable to a recipe.
  • Sprinkle salads with chopped grapes.
  • Make your own pizza creation with eggplant and red onion.
  • Mix dried cherries in with tuna salad.
  • Add a handful of blueberries to whole grain cereal.
  • Top a turkey burger with spinach on a whole wheat bun.
  • Replace ketchup with fresh sliced tomato on a hamburger.
  • Dice mushrooms in spaghetti sauce.
  • Shred carrots for macaroni and cheese.
  • Spread pureed raspberries on toast.
  • Use cauliflower in mashed potatoes.
  • Add a layer of zucchini to lasagna.
  • Liven up homemade trail mix with dried cranberries.
  • Puree squash for tomato sauce.
  • Enjoy baby carrots with hummus.
  • Sweeten a muffin recipe with applesauce. 
  • Fruit is the original fast-food; take a peach on your way to work.
  • Put an attractive fruit bowl on the kitchen counter, in plain sight.
  • The whole family can create grilled kabobs combining mango with meats.
  • Stir fry has endless possibilities including sweet potatoes.
  • Make a trip to the farmer’s market to purchase quality fruits and vegetables.
  • Have the family pick out a new fruit or vegetable to try each month.
  • Freshen up a glass of water with sliced oranges. Eat the slices when the water is gone. 
  • Keep fresh cut vegetables close to your office for snacking.
  • Make a nutritious dessert by drizzling strawberries with dark chocolate.
  • Cool off by blending yogurt and blackberries for an ice cream-like treat.
  • Enjoy a different salad every day of the week by alternating iceberg lettuce with different mixtures of romaine, arugula, and dandelion greens. 
  • Roast some kale with garlic for a crunchy snack.
  • Replace bread with Bibb lettuce for a lettuce wrap.

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