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Tomato (or pasta sauce) is one way we excel at eating veggies and cooking tomatoes really helps activate the lycopene. But, tomato sauce is a really easy way to add extra veggies to your daily routine.
Onions, garlic and mushrooms are obvious choices but you can also add shredded carrots, or summer squash, finely chopped winter squash, broccoli, cauliflower, spinach, kale, or rainbow chard.
Pile on lettuce, sprouts, tomato, cucumber, onions, avocado, cucumber, bell peppers. You can even skip the meat and do an all veggie version.
You can veggie up your standard tuna salad by adding shredded carrots, diced celery and onions and top it all off with lettuce or spinach and avocado. Chicken salad can be spruced up by adding celery, lettuce, grapes, apples or your favorite dried fruit.
Use your imagination. Use greens besides iceberg lettuce. Choose deep green romaine lettuce, spicy arugula, tender spinach. Try different types of sprouts or sprinkle on some edamame for an added crunch.
Dress up your Sunday brunch by adding some fruit to your pancake or waffle batter. The great thing about adding fruit to batters is you can dip into your freezer and pull out frozen berries or add fresh apples or bananas.
Don’t stop there – instead of syrup, top with fresh berries, bananas or a berry compote.
Eating raw veggies can get boring, but you can add interest to your veggie snack by dipping it it something tasty. Keep it healthy though, and instead of dipping your veggies into a sour cream or salad dressing based dip think out of the box.
Healthy dips include: hummus made with yummy ground chick peas; salsa, guacamole, bean dips and more.
Here are some recipes to get you thinking.
In most parts of the world there is no distinction between bananas and plantains. In Europe and North America however, the term banana usually refers to soft, sweet, dessert bananas. The Musa cultivars with firmer, starchier fruit are called plantains. In other regions of the world, many more kinds of banana are grown and eaten, so this distinction is not used.
Chiquita, a banana producer and distributor provides American consumers with product information claiming “a plantain is not a banana”. The primary differences are that plantains are starchier and less sweet; are eaten cooked rather than raw; have thicker skin, which may be green, yellow or black; and they can be used at any stage of ripeness.
Take the Stairs Too. It can lower your bad cholesterol levels and raise your good cholesterol levels. It also relieves tension and stress that can have adverse effects on your heart.
Learn more about Brussels Sprouts.
Plan/Plant Your Garden. There is still time to plant a fall garden with crops that you can harvest before harsh winter weather strikes. It could be as small as container garden with a single plant, a square foot garden or something larger, help make your community a greener healthier place in which to live.
Plan or Plant a Garden - a downloadable article that includes resources to help you plan your garden.
National Gardening Association – offers the Web’s largest and most respected array of gardening content for consumers and educators, ranging from general information and publications to lessons and grants.
Kids gardening – an offshoot of the National Gardening Association, this website provides information for kids, parents and teachers to make the gardening experience more fun.
Shirley’s Organic Garden – Tips for gardening from veteran gardener, Shirley Barriger.