How to Add More Fruit and Vegetables to Your Diet

April 5, 2016

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A diet rich in fruit and vegetables can:

  • Reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke
  • Help prevent some types of cancer
  • Lower risk of Type 2 diabetes
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Reduce the risk of obesity and help with weight loss

How much do you need?

Children under the age of nine should eat about a cup to a cup and a half of vegetables each day. They should eat the same amount of fruit per day. For adults, it’s two to three cups of vegetables and one and a half to two cups of fruit.

Sound like a lot? Here are some ideas to add more fruit and vegetables to your diet:

  • Add veggies to dishes you already enjoy, like omelettes, quesadillas, lasagna or macaroni and cheese.
  • Add fresh or frozen vegetables to home-made or canned soup.
  • Load up a salad with your favorite vegetables, such as cucumber, tomatoes, or spinach. You could even add mandarin oranges, jicama, pineapple, or strawberries for variety and extra flavor.
  • Add chopped veggies such as peppers, zucchini, mushrooms, spinach, even broccoli to spaghetti sauce. Or add them to pizza!
  • You can juice fruit, vegetables, or a combination and get your daily allowance all at once. You can also make them into a smoothie.
  • Grill your vegetables. Just brush them lightly with canola or olive oil or marinade and pop them on the grill for a quick and delicious side dish. Or make veggie kabobs with bell peppers, mushrooms, zucchini, or any other vegetables you like.
  • Add tomatoes, cucumbers, mixed greens, sprouts, cucumbers, cilantro or avocado to your sandwich or wrap. Or make a veggie sandwich!
  • Make a stir fry with your favorite vegetables. Add meat if desired and serve with rice for a complete meal.
  • If you decide to have fast food, add a side salad to your meal. Or ask for extra lettuce and tomato on your burger.

Be creative and be healthy!

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