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Fit Divas: How to Get Your Five Servings of Fruits and Vegetables Each Day

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One of the articles this week from the www.babyfit.com, the website I was telling you about earlier this month, focused on how to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. It was a great article and this topic applies to everyone, not just us pregos. I have talked about this before and given out a list or two of tips, but I found this one helpful and loaded with more great ideas.

The article was written by Laura Bofinger, a freelance writer that specializes in health and fitness. Here are her ideas.

* Add fruit to your cereal, oatmeal, waffles or pancakes at breakfast.
* Create your own yogurt flavors with plain yogurt and different combinations of fruit.
* Snack on raw vegetables or fruits instead of chips or pretzels. Keep sugar snap peas, raisins or carrot sticks in your car, your office or your backpack.
* Use chunky salsa instead of thick, creamy snack dips.
* Drink 100% juice instead of addictive coffee, tea, or soda.
* Going out to lunch? Take a trip to the grocery salad bar. Use lots of dark green leaves and other vegetables instead of piling on all of the extras like eggs, bacon, or croutons.
* Add frozen veggies to any pasta dish.
* Keep fruits and vegetables in line of sight. Grapes, oranges, bananas, and apples make a colorful bowl arrangement on the table. If you see them, you will eat them.
* Dried fruit is just as portable as potato chips -- and less messy. Plus, it's an easy way to increase your iron consumption.
* When cooking vegetables, makes 2-3 times more than you need and immediately store the extra away for tomorrow. It will save you time later on when you might not feel up to the task of cooking.
* Dried fruit tastes especially good when added to a basic trail mix.
* Add your own beans and vegetables (tomatoes, spinach, peppers, cabbage) to canned and quick-serve soups. The beans will add protein while the veggies will pack in some extra vitamins.
* If you must have pizza, load on extra veggies and pineapple.
* Try berries, melons or dates for a naturally sweet dessert rather than the usual candy bar, cookie, or ice cream sandwich.

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If all those veggies and fruits are too much for you, try Zoe Life, a powdered compound that mixes with water, juice, lemonade, yogurt,whatever to provide your entire 5 a day requirement. Look at www.zoelifestyle.com/McDonough to check out this low cost supplement that both kids and adults alike love.

March 27, 2009 - 10:16pm
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