Monday, January 4, 2010

Simple ways to get more produce in your diet

- Add the marinara sauce (1/2 cup counts as a full serving of vegetables)
- Put out a plate of fruit or vegetables as a pre-dinner appetizer.
- Serve soup or salad before the meal or as a side dish.


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Monday, November 2, 2009

What's in Season? November

This month sweet potatoes, parsnips, pears, apples, brussels sprouts, tangerines, cranberries, dates, leeks, turnips and watercress are all in season.

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Friday, November 21, 2008

vegetable mix ins

another great way to get kids to expand their taste buds is to mix in new items with favorites. here are some suggestions:

- zucchini to corn bread
- squash to potatoes
- red peppers to corn
- cauliflower to cheese
- brussels sprouts to bacon
- edamame to oranges
- mushroons to feta

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Monday, November 17, 2008

just dip it

kids love to dip. and there's so much beyond ketchup. her are some other dips to try when promoting the veggies.

- honey mustard
- teriyaki
- italian dressing
- cheese
- spaghetti sauce
- honey

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Sunday, November 2, 2008

veg out with the kids

do you have picky eaters? use these tips to help them eat more vegetables.

cucumber ribbons - peel the cucumber in strips using a grater. kids will love the shape.

broccoflower - use broccoli and orange slices to create an edible flower.

get minty - add different flavors to veggies like mint or lemon or even coconut. kids will love the taste.

soup it up - lots of kids love soup for whatever reason. this is a great way to get those veggies into their diets.

"fry them" - cut carrots into a french fry shape. they might be a hit.

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Sunday, January 13, 2008

15 minute healthful stirfry

3/4 pounds boneless beef round steak
1 teaspoon oil
1/2 cup sliced carrots
1/2 cup sliced onion
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
2 cups broccoli
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup water

Trim fat from steak. Slice steak into thin strips. Heat oil in a skillet. Add beef strips and stirfry over high heat, turning pieces constantly, until beef is no longer red. Reduce heat. Add carrots, celery, onion and seasonings. Cover and cook until carrots are slightly tender (4 minutes). Add broccoli; cook until vegetables are tender-crisp. Mix cornstarch and water until smooth; add slowly to beef mixture, stirring constantly. Cook until thickened and vegetables are coated with thin glaze.

Calories, 150; Fat 5 grams

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Monday, January 7, 2008

5 ways to eat 5 a day

Did you know eating five or more servings of fruits and vegetables a day can help reduce the risk of cancer? It's true. The National Cancer Institute initiated the 5 a day program after researching these effects. Fruits and vegetables can also help lower blood pressure as well. Here's some ways to boost your intake:

- drink juice instead of coffee
- add fruit to your cereal
- eat a salad for lunch with a side of veggie soup
- snack on raisins or celery and carrot sticks during the day
- freeze juice for a healthy popsicle

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