Eat More Vegetables and Fruit

Dive into the first Healthy Habits challenge: add at least 3 servings of vegetables and fruit to your daily diet. Find recipes, nutrition tips, and coaching advice to help reach your goals.

12 Ways to Eat More Vegetables and Fruit

Join Cooking Light in our effort to change the way we approach fruits and vegetables. With our easy tips, you’ll be on your way to five a day. By Sidney Fry, MS, RD

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Tip 9: Smoothie Break

The great thing about a smoothie is the open invitation to creativity. You are your own mixologist. Try something new, like mango, papaya, or even cucumber. You can knock out all three of your added fruits and vegetables with one push of the pulse button. The key here is not to confuse a smoothie with a milkshake. When you make your own, you are the artist in control of the color palette of fresh fruits.

Make sure that fruit is the base of your creation—too much fruit juice can rapidly add calories without providing any of the heart-healthy and digestive-friendly fiber that you get from the fruit itself. Enjoy for breakfast, as part of a balanced lunch, snack, or even dessert.

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