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Veggie Boost

Charlyn Fargo on

We've all heard that we need to eat more vegetables -- up to nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day. But how do you really accomplish that?

One of the best ways is to add fruits and vegetables at breakfast. Here are a few tips from Environmental Nutrition Newsletter to help boost your intake:

1. Think veggies with eggs: Add tomatoes, pepper and onions to your morning scramble, omelet or frittata. Experiment with greens, mushrooms, zucchini and asparagus.

2. Try a new spread: Instead of topping whole grain toast, waffles or pancakes with butter or syrup, try an apple or pumpkin butter to boost fiber and vitamin A.

3. Eggs Benedict modified: Take the traditional Eggs Benedict and add steamed spinach or serve it over a roasted Portabella mushroom.

4. Be creative with your muffins: Improve a homemade whole grain muffin by adding pureed pumpkin or shredded carrots or zucchini. Make a big batch and freeze the extras for a quick breakfast.

 

5. Super smoothie: Add fresh greens, avocado, cooked sweet potatoes or frozen fruits to your favorite smoothie to boost your daily intake.

6. Flavor your morning potatoes with more than onions: Add chopped bell peppers, zucchini, asparagus, parsnips, turnips or fennel or use leftover vegetables.

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