Let’s face it, We know that vegetables and fruits have many health benefits but they are not the first thing that come to mind for something good to eat. Except that when we include them in our meals, they can turn a hum drum recipe into an exciting dish. Plus they are low in fat and calories, while providing fiber and other key nutrients. They can also add color, flavor and texture.
Here are 10 tips to help kick up your meals with vegetables and fruits.
Fire up the grill
Use the grill to cook vegetables and fruits. Try grilling mushrooms, carrots, peppers, or potatoes on a kabob skewer. Brush with oil to keep them from drying out. Grilled fruits like peaches, pineapple, or mangos add great flavor to a cookout.
Expand the flavor of your casseroles
Mix vegetables such as sautéed onions, peas, pinto beans, or tomatoes into your favorite dish for that extra flavor.
Planning something Italian?
Add extra vegetables to your pasta dish. Slip some peppers, spinach, red beans, onions, or cherry tomatoes into your traditional tomato sauce. Vegetables provide texture and low-calorie bulk that satisfies.
Get creative with your salad
Toss in shredded carrots, strawberries, spinach, watercress, orange segments, or sweet peas for a flavorful, fun salad.
Salad bars aren’t just for salads
Try eating sliced fruit from the salad bar as your dessert when dining out. This will help you avoid any baked desserts that are high in calories.
Get in on the stir-frying fun
Try something new! Stir-fry your veggies — like broccoli, carrots, sugar snap peas, mushrooms, or green beans — for a quick-and-easy addition to any meal.
Add them to your sandwiches
Whether it is a sandwich or wrap, vegetables make great additions to both. Try sliced tomatoes, romaine lettuce, or avocado on your everyday sandwich or wrap for extra flavor.
Be creative with your baked goods
Add apples, bananas, blueberries, or pears to your favorite muffin or pancake recipe for a treat.
Make a tasty fruit smoothie
For dessert, blend strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries with frozen bananas and 100% fruit juice for a delicious frozen fruit smoothie. Pour into an eight ounce glass makes a perfect dessert serving.
Liven up an omelet or Italian style frittata
Boost the color and flavor of your morning omelet with vegetables. Simply chop, sauté, and add them to the egg as it cooks. Try combining different vegetables, such as mushrooms, spinach, onions, or bell peppers.