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5 Ways to Sneak in Your Fruits and Veggies

You’ve always heard that fruits and veggies are good for you. But do you know why? Filling up on fruits and veggies will help you stay fit, reduce your risk of developing a disease, and keep your digestive system running smoothly. With just a little planning, you can find veggies and fruit that are affordable, and keep them within reach for meals and snacks. Here are five tips on how to get more fruit and veggies into your daily diet.

1. LOOK FOR COLOR

When choosing what to put on your plate, pick fruits and veggies that are full of color. Eating a variety of colors helps you get the nutrients your body needs to function properly. Nutritionists recommend choosing foods that are dark green, red, and orange. Think kale, spinach, broccoli, red peppers, tomatoes, and carrots.

2. TAKE YOUR PICK

If getting your daily dose of fresh fruits or veggies is hard for you, consider buying them dried, canned, or frozen. No matter which kind you choose, make sure the fruit and veggies are low in salt and sugar. Can’t stand raw vegetables? Toss your veggies into a pan and steam, sauté, or roast them with a little seasoning of your choice. Don’t like the texture of whole fruit? Pick up a package of dried fruit instead.

3. MIX AND MATCH

Combine vegetables or fruit with your favorite foods. Here are some ideas:

4. PACK FOR THE OFFICE OR ON-THE-GO

Always have fruit or veggies on hand to fight mid-afternoon cravings. Some easy choices are:

5. BALANCE FOOD AND DRINK VERSIONS

Try making your own smoothies. Or pick a 100-percent fruit juice, such as orange or grapefruit juice, for a quick fix first thing in the morning. Nutritionists support swapping out one daily serving of whole fruit or veggie for liquid form. Be careful though! Store bought fruit and veggie drinks can be filled with extra sugar and calories so make sure you read the nutrition label before buying.

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