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Tips to Get More Produce Into Your Daily Diet

Posted 07/21/2015 | By HealthCorps

Don’t let the “eat five servings of fruits and vegetables daily” daunt you. A serving is ½ cup of cooked or one cup of raw vegetables, or one cup of raw fruit or a medium size fruit.

When you’re grilling meat or fish, grill fruit or vegetables too. Bananas, watermelon, pineapple, peach and plum halves, eggplant, squash, tomatoes, large mushrooms are just some of your BBQ choices.

Make your salad an entrée size rather than a side salad and use at least six different salad and fruit ingredients.

Add vegetables to chili, soups, pasta dishes, homemade pizzas, and omelets.

Beans can also count as a serving of vegetables and have the added bonus of offering protein and fiber. Chickpeas, lentils, and soybeans are just some of the many choices.

Quick Recipe: Simple Hummus

Ingredients:

1 – 15 ounce can of garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

1 clove of garlic

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons sesame seed paste

1 teaspoon ground cumin

¼ teaspoon paprika

Salt to taste

Directions:

Puree all the ingredients accept the paprika in a food processor. Add small amounts of water to achieve desired consistency.

Pour into a serving bowl and sprinkle paprika on top.

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