Posted by: Chelsea Hampton | June 5, 2012

Adding More Fruits & Veggies

Helpful tips for incorporating more fruits & vegetables into your diet:

  • Fruit can be added to breakfast foods in a number of ways; add it to a cup of yogurt, add sliced strawberries to oatmeal for extra flavor, and add bananas to waffles and pancakes for added nutrition.

  • If you don’t like eating salads on their own, put veggies on other items such as pizza and sandwiches. Cucumbers and even apple slices make a great addition to turkey sandwiches and chicken salad. Yum!

  • Get innovative with desserts.  Just about any fruit can be turned into a frozen treat, and frozen bananas and strawberries are especially good when paired with a bit of chocolate (even sugar free). A variety of fruits can also be pureed to make frozen fruit popsicles, such as berries, mangoes and peaches.

  • When it comes to smoothies and juices, the more all-natural the better! You can make your own carrot and vegetable juices at home, which provide an abundance of daily nutrients in just one glass. Making your own smoothies and juices enables you to customize your ingredients and even try new foods. One of the best aspects of this process is that there doesn’t have to be any artificial ingredients or added sugars!

  • Get creative with foods – sometimes trying to make fruits and vegetables look fancy or unique makes eating fun. Try creating a fruit platter with a bit of caramel and chocolate drizzle. Some great kabob combinations include mango, oranges and kiwi, or tomatoes, red bell pepper and cauliflower. Even dips can be made from fruits and vegetables using items such as pumpkin, spinach, avocado, tomatoes and more!

For more ideas on how to incorporate fruits and veggies into your diet, check out the printable tip sheet, Eat Right: 20 Ways to Enjoy More Fruits and Vegetables, by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, which can be found at:  http://www.eatright.org/Public/content.aspx?id=206&terms=20+ways+to+enjoy+more+fruits+and+vegetables.

Information obtained and adapted from the following sources:

-Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. http://www.eatright.org

This information is provided courtesy of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project. For more information, visit our website or call toll-free at 866-395-4986.

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