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Easy Ways to Eat More Produce

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Sneak more fruit and veggies into your diet.

It can be a challenge to fit in five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables each day, but these sneaky tricks will make it seem as simple as scarfing down a bag of chips:

  • Make them interesting. Broccoli's a lot more appetizing when it's perfectly steamed with a little garlic and fresh ginger -- which is probably why people who took a class on how to prepare fruits and vegetables started eating a lot more of them, according to a 2005 study in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior.
  • Have them delivered. Many farms will bring freshly picked tomatoes, corn, peaches, and other fruits and veggies practically to your kitchen table. To find a home-delivery service near you, check out localharvest.org/csa/ or google "produce delivery."
  • Hide them in old favorites. Mix pureed cauliflower and mashed potatoes in equal parts, or add shredded carrots or chopped spinach to your spaghetti sauce, suggests Evelyn Tribole, RD, author of Stealth Health: How to Sneak Nutrition Painlessly into Your Diet.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, September 2006.

 

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