Is half your plate fruits and vegetables?
That’s what the government’s emphasizing now, with the release of the new MyPlate icon. (Bye-bye, food pyramid, old buddy, old pal.) Since many of us tend to bulk up on meat and carbs, that amount of fruits and vegetables may seem dramatic. But actually, packing ‘em in may be easier than you think.
For one thing, you can throw them in with your main dishes. Or pile more on when you’re eating them anyway. Here are five of my favorite simple ideas we’ve featured in various articles:
- Toss green beans, eggplant or zucchini into spaghetti sauce or stews.
- Add broccoli florets, carrot slices, red pepper strips or chopped cucumber to pasta and potato salads. Do the same with casseroles and lasagnas, while decreasing the amount of cheese.
- Keep small plastic bags filled with single servings of cherries or grapes in your refrigerator to make fruit as easy to grab as a bag of chips.
- Kids will reach for what they see, so place a bowl of grapes, cherries or clementines on their homework table.
- Frozen grapes and bananas make sweet, cool treats in the summer.
- Use spaghetti squash instead of pasta.
- Rather than serve dessert in little bowls, try hollowing out halved citrus fruit or melon for some added nutrition and color.
The above tips come from these articles:
- “How to Eat More Vegetables: Quick, Easy, Healthy Ideas”
- “19 Easy Ideas for Adding Fruits and Vegetables to Your Diet”
- “Tips to Make Recipes Lighter”
Want to add a little excitement? How about having a tasting party with exotic fruits and vegetables? In this week’s featured article, we talk about the passion fruit, with its fun edible seeds.
When you add more fruits and vegetables, you might find yourself dropping pounds too. Tasty and rewarding! Pass me a plate. I’m ready to start piling.
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Leigh Ann Otte is the managing editor of MyFamilyDoctorMag.com and a freelance health writer. This information is not meant to be individual advice. Please consult your doctor for that. See our disclaimer here.
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