Whether you are going to school for the first time, headed back to school for another year, or dropping off a new little student, chances are, you’re feeling your schedule slowly become full of after-school activities, clubs and organizations, sporting events and more. All of the excitement that comes along with school can sometimes make us feel busy and rushed, and gives us little time to plan healthy meals.
Feeling blah about breakfast? Overwhelmed by all of the possibilities for dinner? Need a few ideas? Check out The USDA Ten Tips Nutritional Education Series to help plan healthy eating (They’re printable and perfect for sticking to the fridge!)
Ten Tips for Adding More Vegetables to Your Day (From the USDA’s Ten Tips Nutritional Education Series):
1. Discover fast ways to cook.
• Cook fresh or frozen vegetables in the microwave for a quick-and-easy side dish.
2. Be ahead of the game.
• Cut up vegetables and put them in a freezer bag. Pull them out to cook when you’re short on time!
3. Choose vegetables rich in color.
• Brighten your plate with veggies that are red, orange and dark green. They are full of vitamins and minerals!
4. Check the freezer aisle.
• Frozen vegetables are quick and easy, and are just as nutritious as fresh vegetables.
5. Stock up on veggies.
• Canned vegetables are a great addition to any meal. Stock up on canned tomatoes and beans, mushrooms and beets.
6. Make your garden salad glow with color.
• Brighten your salad with colorful vegetables such as black beans, shredded radishes, red cabbage and watercress.
7. Sip on some vegetable soup.
• Heat it and eat it!
8. While you’re out.
• If dinner is away from home, no need to worry. Ask for a side dish of steamed vegetables instead of the typical fried side dish.
9. Savor the flavor of seasonal vegetables.
• Buy vegetables that are in season for maximum flavor at lower cost.
10. Try something new.
• Try a new vegetable. You never know what you might like!
What tips do you have for living healthy?