If you're falling short when it comes to eating the recommended five servings of fruits and vegetables, here's a few strategies and recipes to help you.
Maximize Your Oven Time
As long as the oven's on, roast up extra potatoes or an extra sheet pan of mixed veggies to eat throughout the week.
Rethink Your Breakfast
People don't often associate breakfast with veggies, but it's actually a great time to add them. Roasted potatoes with eggs, chopped pepper and onions in a breakfast burrito, sliced tomato and avocado on toast—all ways to get off to a good start.
There's No Shame in Dip
Put fruit, such as oranges, apples, bananas, and pears on the counter in plain site for an easy grab-and-go snack. Keep a delicious dip in the fridge to make them even more tempting.
The Base of Your Meals
We're crazy about this zoodle trend because it's a great way to reduce high-calorie pastas with healthy low-carbohydrate and low-calorie vegetables. If you don't have a spiralizer, use your vegetable peeler to create thin slices that will cook almost instantly in boiling water.
Blend into Smoothies
Why? Because you can blend things you might not normally eat or like, such as spinach or kale, into a fruity smoothie without even tasting the greens.
Top Everything with Veggies
Pizza, pasta, toast, omelets, sandwiches—you can top any of these with fresh arugula and other veggies to help you reach your five-a-day goal.
Layer Them into Everything
Casseroles, pasta bakes, lasagnas, mac & cheese, soups—these are all opportunities to include extra veggies.
Fruit for Dessert
Swap out the chocolate bar with chocolate-covered fruit. And not just strawberries, oranges work, too.
Get Creative with Snacks
Sick of apple slices? Try making apple chips.