Adding Vegetables To Your Everyday Eating

The best way to create healthy habits is to focus on 1 thing at a time… it takes some work to get used to changes, but if you are more likely to be successful if you take baby steps instead of changing your entire lifestyle at once. If you have children, it is especially important to phase in your healthy eating, because they will probably be whiny about the food changes in the beginning.

There are a few things that you can do to begin eating more fruits and vegetables:

Always serve at least 1 dish of vegetables at dinner. I prefer 2 or more, because usually the meal will start with a salad and there will also be another dish of cooked vegetables to go along with it.

Don’t be shy to use vegetables as your main dish. Start increasing vegetable portions and decreasing processed foods & meats. Use the vegetable dish as the central part of the meal, with the grains and/or meat to supplement.

Find ways to add vegetables into your current recipes. Many casseroles, lasagnas, pizzas, etc can have a few veggies added without the kids noticing. Slowly increase the amounts of vegetables and decrease the amounts of other less-nutritious foods.

Make sure to add fresh produce with every meal. Vegetables aren’t reserved just for dinner… you can add spinach to the eggs in the morning, a salad for lunch, fruit or cut veggies for snacks, etc.

It takes a mindset change to start eating more vegetables, but as you continue to add them to your meal plans it will become easier and easier over time.

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