NEW Delicious & Easy Ways to Enjoy Vegetables

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New Delicious & Easy Ways to Enjoy more Vegetables

From a health standpoint, vegetables are an unbeatable food: naturally nutrient-rich; better tasting than a vitamin pill; low in calories; high in fibre and packed with disease-fighting phytonutrients. All types of vegetables can be nourishing and delicious – fresh, frozen, canned and juiced.

To maximize your health with vegetables, nutrition experts suggest at least 3 to 5 servings per day – but why stop there? With so many ways to enjoy spring-time goodness, you could easily eat vegetables at breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks.  Here are a dozen daily ways to treat yourself to good health!

  • Asparagus: Saute in olive oil with garlic and a hit of lemon zest for a refreshing and seasonal dish. Roasted asparagus is a great finger food for snacking on!
  • Broccoli and cauliflower: Versatile and very healthful – eat them raw (with dip if you like) or cooked, in a salad or even a slaw.
  • Carrots: Sweet, crunchy, good for your teeth, eyes and heart! Perfect raw (as a snack or salad) or cooked in a stew.
  • Peppers: Green, red, yellow, orange or even purple!  Enjoy peppers in a salad, stir-fry, or casserole or as a snack.
  • Spinach: A salad of baby spinach leaves with pears or apples can turn anyone into a real spinach lover.  Or add it to your smoothie for green power food and energy.
  • Onions: The zesty onion family (scallions, leeks and garlic, too!) offer some powerful antioxidant nutrients.
  • Peas: Fresh, frozen or even canned, peas are a treat to eat and they are very popular with small children.
  • Beets: If you’ve never liked beets, try them in a new way – like roasted, grilled or lightly steamed.  They increase inflammation-fighting nitric oxide.
  • Mushrooms: Just a mushroom or two adds rich flavour to a casserole, soup, stew, stir-fry or even a tossed green salad.
  • Leaf and romaine lettuce: Rule of thumb for a healthy salad – the darker green or red the lettuce leaves, the more nutrients you get.  You could also try using lettuce boats for wraps, tacos and fajitas.
  • Green, yellow or purple beans: Like their pea ‘cousins,’ beans offer some fibre and a little bit of protein, along with vitamins and minerals.
  • Tomatoes: Cooking increases the availability of some tomato nutrients – so enjoy canned sauce, paste and chunks.

Many people don’t eat vegetables until dinner. Make a commit to your health – Check off the new ways you want to try to enjoy more veggies during the day:

I can add vegetables at breakfast by:

□ Adding vegetables like spinach, mushrooms, onion, green or red peppers to an omelet

□ Adding spinach or kale to my smoothies

I can add vegetables at lunch and snack by:

□ Adding leafy greens, cucumber, or peppers to sandwiches

□ Adding different vegetables to a green salad, like broccoli, green beans, asparagus or peas

□ Adding a bag of sugar snap peas, carrots, peppers, celery and/or zucchini sticks to my snack

□ Adding extra vegetables to soups and sauces

□  Choosing kale chips or nori instead of potato chips

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