One of the best things we can do for our health is to eat a rainbow of foods every single day. That doesn’t mean you should grab your box of artificially flavored breakfast cereal and call it a win! When I say ‘eat a rainbow’ I mean a rainbow of all natural foods that God (or Mother Nature or just pure Dumb Luck) created! Brightly colored fruits and vegetables contain an amazing array of nutrients and not just vitamins and minerals. There are antioxidants to fight off things like cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. There is Beta-Carotine which may provide protection to your cardiovascular system. And there are so many other reasons that fruits and vegetables are good for you, but they are way too numerous to list here. So, you KNOW you need to get more brightly colored fruits and vegetables in your diet but if you see ONE more stalk of broccoli you may just toss your plate out the window. I get it, I really do! BUT, you need to learn how to eat more vegetables and not get totally sick of them! Here are a few simple ways to do it!
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How to Eat More Vegetables
1. Bake them into something. I would much rather eat a carrot muffin than a plate of carrot sticks any day. Add pumpkin puree to your pancakes and shredded zucchini to your quick bread. There are a million ways that you can bake your vegetables right into something else.
2. Take your salad beyond iceberg lettuce. Iceberg lettuce really has zero nutritional value! Get crazy with your salads…add baby spinach and arugala. Top it with some roasted beets, blue cheese and walnuts. (check out my recipe for Roasted Beet Salad with Blue Cheese and Walnuts!) Add red, yellow and orange bell peppers instead of plain green ones. Try and see how many cool colors you can get into one small salad!
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3. Kick them up a notch with a light breading. Okay, you really don’t want to slather your vegetables in batter and deep fry them. That is kind of going against the whole ‘healthy eating’ concept. But, there is no reason you can’t dip them in milk, roll them in breadcrumbs and bake them in the oven to get a tad bit crispy. Once they are done, dip them in some low fat ranch dressing as a replacement for higher fat french fries! Check out my Zucchini Oven Chips with Parmesan Cheese recipe!
4. Drink them in juice! If you want to learn how to eat more vegetables you really need to consider vegetable JUICE! You don’t need to own an expensive juicer to start incorporating vegetable juice into your diet. There are premade varieties in the grocery store like Tropicana Farmstand Tropical Green that are tasty, nutritious and inexpensive!
Tropicana Farmstand Tropical Green contains juices from sweet potatoes, grapes, apples, bananas, mangos, pineapple, oranges, carrots, limes, kale and spinach. All of those nutritious ingredients combine for a delicious, tropical taste. It is an excellent source of vitamins A and C. Farmstand Tropical Green gives you one serving of fruit AND one serving of veggies in every glass. It contains 100% fruit and vegetable juice and has no added sugar.
In order to get the number of fruit and vegetable servings we really need, we should be eating them at every meal. Getting fruit at breakfast is easy but learning how to eat more vegetables at breakfast has been challenging! Tropicana Farmstand Tropical Green is an easy and delicious way to get an entire serving of fruit AND vegetables at the very first meal of the day! I found the taste to be absolutely delicious and refreshing. Mostly I noted the pineapple juice with other tropical hints and couldn’t tell there were vegetables in there at all. Even if you are just grabbing a quick breakfast to go as you run out the door, Tropicana Farmstand Tropical Green is easy to pour into a travel mug to take with you. At least you know you have one vegetable serving done before you even get to work!
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Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.