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Sneaky ways to get more fruits and veggies

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By The Edith Sanford team

July 9, 2014

three-women-prepping-mealWith local, seasonal produce available it’s a great time to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables! They’re packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and other nutrients that could help reduce your risk for breast cancer and other diseases.

If you don’t garden, check out your local farmer’s market or grocery store for available produce. Then, start adding fruits and vegetables throughout your day.

Here are some simple ideas from the Sanford Center for Health and Well-being to get you started and keep you healthy!

Start your day right with breakfast

  • Add spinach, onions, mushrooms, kale, asparagus and tomatoes to your morning omelet.
  • Make room for berries, peaches or bananas in your cereal or yogurt.

Liven up your lunch

  • Add lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, coleslaw, avocado and peppers to your sandwich or wrap.
  • Add chopped veggies such as broccoli, carrots, red peppers and peas to your soup.
  • Make a whole wheat pizza loaded with tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, peppers and spinach.

Enjoy wholesome dinners

  • Add chopped veggies such as zucchini, cauliflower, broccoli, squash, eggplant or peppers to your favorite pasta dish.
  • Add color to your salad with fruit as well as a variety of greens such as collards, kale, bok choy, arugula and spinach.
  • Host a sweet potato bar and pile on the broccoli, chives, carrots, peas and salsa.

Snack smartly

  • Have fruit and vegetables cut up and ready to grab for quick and easy access.
  • Pair together with dips made from yogurt, hummus or homemade vinaigrettes.
  • Whole fruits such as oranges, apples and bananas travel well and are easy to toss into a purse or backpack for on-the-go snacking.

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