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Tips to help you eat vegetables

First of all, buy fresh vegetables in season. They cost less and are likely to be at their peak flavor.

• Stock up on frozen vegetables for quick and easy cooking in the microwave.

• Buy vegetables that are easy to prepare. Pick up pre-washed bags of salad greens and add baby carrots or grape tomatoes for a salad in minutes. Buy packages of veggies such as baby carrots or celery sticks for quick snacks.

• Use a microwave to quickly “zap” vegetables. White or sweet potatoes can be baked quickly this way.

• Vary your veggie choices to keep meals interesting.

• Try crunchy vegetables, raw or lightly steamed.

Make vegetables more appealing:

• Many vegetables taste great with a dip or dressing. Try a low-fat salad dressing with raw broccoli, red and green peppers, celery sticks or cauliflower.

• Add color to salads by adding baby carrots, shredded red cabbage, or spinach leaves. Include in-season vegetables for variety through the year.

• Include cooked dry beans or peas in flavorful mixed dishes, such as chili or minestrone soup.

• Decorate plates or serving dishes with vegetable slices.

• Keep a bowl of cut-up vegetables in a see-through container in the refrigerator. Carrot and celery sticks are traditional, but consider broccoli florettes, cucumber slices, or red or green pepper strips. (SOURCE: MyPlate.gov)

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