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Fill Your Plate High with Fruits and Vegetables
Build a healthy plate and fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables are low in calories and fat, and provide a great way to add color, flavor and texture plus vitamins, minerals and fiber.
Make eating two cups of fruit and two and a half cups of vegetables your daily goal. Try some of these tips to add more fruits and vegetables to your plate:
- Keep cut vegetables handy for mid-afternoon snacks, side dishes, lunch box additions or a quick nibble while waiting for dinner. Some ready-to-eat favorites: red, green or yellow peppers, broccoli or cauliflower florets, carrots, celery sticks, cucumbers, snap peas, or whole radishes.
- Wake up to fruit. Make a habit of adding fruit to your morning oatmeal, ready-to-eat cereal, yogurt, or toaster waffle.
- Add grated, shredded or chopped vegetables such as zucchini, spinach and carrots to lasagna, meat loaf, mashed potatoes, pasta sauce and rice dishes.
For tips on eating more fruits and vegetables, consult a registered dietitian in your area and visit our Eat Right Nutrition Tips section.
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