Five Quick Ways To Get Fruit and Vegetables Into Your Diet

Incorporating more fruit and veggies into your diet may be quicker and easier than you think.

The truth is, most people don't eat enough fruit and vegetables. The United States Department of Agriculture stresses that fruits and vegetables are important building blocks for a healthy diet. Boosting your intake can help you manage your weight, prevent disease and more. But how do you go about it? Here are a few quick and easy ways to fit more healthy foods into your diet.

1. Start smart by eating some fruit and/or vegetables for breakfast. Add a few fresh berries to a bowl of oatmeal, slice a banana atop a serving of cereal or add whatever veggies you have to an omelet.

2. Think beyond just lettuce and tomato when making a sandwich. Layer spinach leaves, avocado, bell pepper strips, or apple or pear slices with your other ingredients.

3. Eat a side salad each day with lunch and dinner. To save time, make one large salad then split it into two portions. Don't add the dressing until it's time to eat. Refrigerate it and it won't have time to wilt before the day is done.

4. Snack on a piece of fruit at least once each day. Choose a great grab-and-go option such as a banana, apple, pear or peach, and you'll barely have to slow down in order to enjoy it. Eat your fruit snack mid-morning to tide you over until lunchtime, mid-afternoon to get you through until dinner or late night instead of something that will blow your healthy diet.

5. Incorporate more vegetables into evening meals. Double the amount of produce in stir-fry recipes, make portobello mushroom burgers instead of traditional hamburgers, stuff mixed veggies inside chicken breasts and make veggie-based soups, stews and casseroles in a slow cooker.

To learn more about healthy eating, talk with your doctor or registered dietitian. Need to find a physician? Use our online Find a Physician service or call our physician referral line at 1-855-296-6265.

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