Healthy Food Tips

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  1. Get a jumpstart on dinner by filling microwave steaming bags with vegetables, one for every night of the week.
  2. Steam your vegetables, then add herbs and spices and a bit of olive oil to add flavor.
  3. Eat your fruit raw to enjoy its natural sweetness.
  4. Take your favorite pasta recipe and try adding different combinations of your favorite vegetables between the layers: mushrooms, spinach, broccoli, carrots, zucchini, onions, or eggplant. Be creative.
  5. Stir low-fat or fat-free granola into a bowl of low-fat or fat-free yogurt. Top with sliced apples or berries.
  6. Add low fat cream cheese to celery stalks. Top with raisins for ants on a log.
  7. Combine frozen 100% juice and berries, then freeze to make popsicles.
  8. Use a fork to pierce whole, unpeeled vegetables such as potatoes or yams to keep them from bursting while cooking.
  9. For even cooking, cut vegetables into small same-size pieces.
  10. Try adding diced tomatoes, cucumbers and onions to your turkey-dogs.
  11. Add lots of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, sprouts, or other vegetables to your turkey-burgers.
  12. Slice, marinate (try balsamic vinegar) and grill a variety of vegetables including zucchini, asparagus, green onions, eggplant, and mushrooms. They’re delicious!
  13. Pizza for dinner! Pizza can be a healthy choice whether you cook in or take-out when loaded with your favorite veggies.
  14. Dress up a salad for your main meal. Add slices of grilled chicken or fish. Top with Mandarin oranges. A cool crunchy salad is refreshing on a hot summer day.
  15. Make potatoes the star of the show. Top hot, split, baked potatoes with 3-bean chili, broccoli and cheese, or grilled onions and mushrooms for a quick and filling meal.
  16. Grill a berry-filled dessert – slice a ripe peach in half, remove the pit, and fill the peach with blueberries. Sprinkle each half with brown sugar and lemon juice, wrap in aluminum foil, and place on the grill for 15 minutes, turning only once.
  17. Grill your dessert – sprinkle bananas with cinnamon and brown sugar, place on aluminum foil, and let it sizzle. Or get creative, and try grilled bananas for your banana split!
  18. Grill your own potato bites dice potatoes, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with seasoning, wrap in aluminum foil, and place on the grill.
  19. Grill tropical fruit such as papaya and mango and serve with grilled fish.
  20. Choose ½ cup of applesauce for baking instead of a ½ of cup oil.
  21. One night of the week, let your child be in charge of the meal, making sure that they choose a veggie.
  22. Make an all-fruit kabob – pineapple, banana, papaya, and pear chunks work well.
  23. Make shish-kabobs – cut meat into 1-inch pieces, use whole mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, chopped pieces of onions, bell peppers, and pineapple. Get your children involved and have them make their own skewers. Soak the vegetables in water for 30 minutes to prevent them from catching fire while on the grill.
  24. Enlist help from your kids at dinnertime. Have them prepare a vegetable tray as an appetizer or an accompaniment with dinner while you prepare the main entree.
  25. Ask your older children to help encourage their younger siblings to eat fruits and veggies.
  26. Help kids make frozen fruit kabobs using pineapple chunks, bananas, grapes and kiwis.

 

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