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By March 28, 2008 - 10:09am
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So for the last few weeks, I've been playing a game with myself where I try to work in five vegetables a day. This is huge for me as normally I work in one serving about every three days, so obviously, I needed a change. A few of the things that I've actually taken to is substituting berries for syrup on my waffles (whole wheat, of course) and eating sugar snap peas instead of tortilla chips and salsa (and we have some mean salsa in my part of the world.)

Anyone doing something similar that I can steal? Am looking for clever ideas. Thanks.

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I find having a smoothy for breakfast a great way to start my day off with a burst of energy and also getting a few servings of fruit.

I use 1 cup of vanilla soy milk, a banna, and a cup of frozen bluberries. There are many variations of this you could use. I also like strawberies.


April 17, 2008 - 5:16am

You can have your syrup with your whole grain pancakes and waffles, just make sure it's real maple, not corn syrup. Keep the berries, too.

You can have your salsa, but make it yourself. The tomatoes and other ingredients are good. There are chips made with flax seed, and even zero cholesterol veggie chips, so you can still have your chips. Just make sure they don't contain any hydrogenated oils, trans fats or high sodium. Or, if you have a mandoline, make your own veggie chips baked in the oven.

To make your brown rice more flavorful and fun, make it into pilaf by adding diced carrot, onion and baby peas. Or, make it "Pacifico" style by adding diced red and green bell pepper and some chopped jalapeno.

Use a red or orange bell pepper as the bowl for your spinach dip (homemade, of course) or other dip for your other veggies: strips of bell pepper, sugar snap peas, carrots, rounds of summer squash or zucchini, etc.

Grape tomatoes are very cute in your salads, as well as fun to eat alone (so nice and small).

Seed a cucumber and fill it with salmon spread, hummus or your favorite filling.

Make tsaziki sauce to use instead of mayo or creamy dressing.

There are so many ways to get in your veggies without noticing.

March 31, 2008 - 5:02pm
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