5 servings of veggies a day doesn’t seem like much, until you attempt to get that much into your diet. If you are struggling to get those servings, read on for 7 ways to up your veggie intake:
Wake Up to Veggies: Fruit gets all the love in the morning, but maybe switching up your routine and having a savory breakfast instead might be the trick. Just try adding a little canned pumpkin to your pancake batter, or a colorful omelette to help you start your day.
More Produce on your Sandwich: When lunchtime rolls around, load your sandwich with extra lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, and more. Or you could try swapping out your bread or wrap for lettuce, these are all great ways to get more veggies in your diet.
Salad Make-Over: Take your typical salad from mediocre to magical by topping it with out-of-the-ordinary veggies like crispy Brussels sprouts or jicama.
Chips: Want to sneak in more veggies between meals? Snacking on real vegetable chips—rather than uber-processed potato chips—is the key. Try making kale chips, or if you’re not into kale, beet chips are also great.
Consider Alternatives: Get creative with dinner by swapping pasta out for veggies, like Zucchini in lasagna or spaghetti squash instead of starchy pasta.
The Veggie Mash: Mixed veggies on the side? Boring! Instead, use veggies to make knockoffs of your favorite indulgent side dishes. Mashed Cauliflower in place of mashed potatoes for instance, is a great substitute.
Sweet Treat: Dinner may be over, but you can still get one more dose of veggies—from the dessert tray. Who says vegetables have to be savory. Making a delicious vegetable dessert, like these Beet-Berry Cake can help you top of your five servings of veggies a day.
A winning combination of flavors comes alive in this recipe from our SuperFan Jaclyn. Oats, pumpkin, and cranberries, makes these muffins the perfect healthy fall treat. Just like Jaclyn’s friends your guests will never know that these delicious muffins are loaded with protein, healthy carbs and are low in sugar! Here’s what you’ll need:
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In honor of cooler weather and the start of a new season our SuperFan, Kristy had to come up with this super fueling recipe for pumpkin muffins. To create some variety, she topped half of hers with cinnamon vanilla protein icing and mixed chocolate chips in the other half. Here’s what you’ll need:
It’s officially fall and officially pumpkin season! This healthy pumpkin smoothie is like having a chilled pumpkin pie in a glass, without the extra on your waistline!
This thick and creamy smoothie can be great for a filling breakfast or the perfect energy- boosting “treat” among friends during brunch.
We often hear about getting enough protein into our diets, but when is it too much protein?
Registered Dietitian, Ashley Koff lets us know there are four things we need to determine when having protein:
- nutrient balance
- how often you’re having it
According to the CDC, it’s recommended that 10–35% of your daily calories come from protein, which is about 45-50 grams for men and women daily. See what Ashley had to say about choosing complete proteins and more below:
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According to the CDC, about 600,000 people are affected by heart health in the United States every year.
So what can we do to prevent these issues and help improve our hearts? Instead of just cutting out bad foods, become knowledgeable of which foods are good for your heart so you can make them a part of your families daily diet.