Is eating healthier one of your goals? If so, you are most likely looking for new ways to add fruits and veggies to your diet. Fruits and vegetables are essential to a healthy diet, and they contribute a wide variety of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals to your meals. For those focused on weight loss and heart health, fruits and vegetables also provide high amounts of heart- and weight-friendly fiber.
Courtesy of Fruits and Veggies More Matters, here are some creative ways to quickly and easily add a wealth of fruits and veggies to your diet and tempt family members who may still be on the fence about these nutritious gems:
Get a jumpstart on dinner by filling microwave steaming bags with vegetables, one for every night of the week.
Stir low-fat or fat-free granola into a bowl of low-fat or fat-free yogurt. Top with sliced apples or berries.
Mix canned spinach or frozen broccoli into your pasta dish.
Add diced tomatoes, cucumbers and onions to your turkey-dogs.
Pizza for dinner? Why not! Whether you cook in or take out, pizza can be a healthy choice when loaded with your favorite veggies.
Make potatoes the star of the show. Top hot, split, baked potatoes with 3-bean chili, broccoli and cheese, or grilled onions and mushrooms for a quick and filling meal.
One night of the week, let your child be in charge of the meal, making sure that he or she includes at least one veggie.
Find more suggestions and cooking tips for fruits and veggies from Fruits and Veggies More Matters here.