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4 Tips for Adding More Fruits and Veggies to Your Diet Without Sacrificing Flavor

A bowl of whole grain cereal with fresh fruit on top

Pretty much everyone knows they *should* be getting more fruits and veggies, right? But that doesn’t mean we are…If you’re not a veggie lover, then it can be really hard to get enough nutrient-dense fruits and veggies in your diet. Here are 4 easy ways to make it easy to add more to your diet:

1. Smoothies! Fruits + veggies = two birds with one smoothie. Check out these 14 smoothie recipes to help you get your feet wet with adding veggies into your smoothies. Pick one to try and it may just be your new favorite breakfast solution. Freezing veggies like zucchini before tossing them in the blender can help make the texture of your smoothie less fibrous and more milkshake-y.

2. Veggie muffins. Zucchini, carrots, and sweet potato are all easy to disguise in veggie muffins. Fruits and veggies can be combined for maximum benefit like in these easy mix and match chocolate ones. Sweet muffins not your style? These savory ones are packed with zucchini, carrots, peas, and corn but are easy to mix and match whatever veggies you like!

3. Try replacing dairy and bread products with vegetable alternatives. Here is a top-rated recipe for cauliflower sauce that can be used in place of alfredo or marinara on pasta, pizza, and steamed vegetables. Cauliflower also makes a great pizza crust, spiralized zucchini can replace spaghetti, and lettuce or portobello mushrooms can be veggie versions of sandwich bread or burger buns.

4. Mince, grate, or “rice” broccoli and cauliflower. This is a great tip for using up the stems of broccoli and cauliflower that you may normally toss. Use the mixture to make stir-fried “rice,” scramble it in with your eggs, or toss it in soup. You can also steam and stir into rice and the real rice will disguise the veggies perfectly!


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