|How to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables: Quick, Easy, Healthy Ideas|
by Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D., C.D.E.
Vegetables. Yawn! Boooring.
What? No way! Eating your fruits and vegetables can be fun, creative and downright scrumptious! And, oh yeah, they can help you ward off a couple of little ailments called cancer and heart disease.
"Plus, fruits and vegetables are excellent for weight control," says Barbara Rolls, Ph.D., professor of nutritional sciences at Pennsylvania State University and author of The Volumetrics Eating Plan. Their high water and fiber content fill you up without a lot of calories.
Most adults should be eating about 4½ cups—nine servings—of produce every day. Sound impossible? Don't reach for the cheesecake just yet! Meeting this goal is as easy as tossing something green and crunchy into your soup pot.
Here are a few tips to spur your creativity. You can post them on your refrigerator or in your cabinets for some fresh inspiration every day.
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JILL WEISENBERGER, M.S., R.D., C.D.E., is a registered dietitian with National Clinical Research—Norfolk, in Virginia, and a consultant to the food industry with Jill Weisenberger Health Communications LLC.
Last updated and/or approved: September 2010. Original article appeared in spring 2007 former print magazine. This health-care information is not meant as individual advice. Please see our disclaimer.
Food is fun!
written by Melanie Nelson , October 27, 2011
Thanks for the great tips - fantastic suggestions - but it was the potato dude that caught my eye. We thinking playing with your food can be a great way to build an affection for fruits and vegetables - especially for kids.
We have some help sheets on creating fun fooscapes: