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10/9/13 1:29 P

I take Juice Plus which is whole food nutrition in a capsule. They dehydrate fruits, vegetables and berries so you get all the nutrition and none of the calories. For more information you can go to

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RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
10/8/13 10:38 A

1. soup
2. stew
3. stir fry

Throw some water, meat, and vegetables into a pot, and boil it. People that don't love the taste of veggies tend to like it better if there is some broth, and meat flavor.

Cabbage, tomatoes, onion, mushrooms, and green beans with either beef, chicken, or ham chunks. I eat low carb, but you can have corn or potatoes too. You can get 5 servings of vegetables at 1 meal.

Another option is veggie omelettes. I like mushroom omelettes the best, but also western omelettes - the ham ( too salty ). So green peppers, and onion.

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10/7/13 3:31 P

I don't like veggies. I will eat raw salad greens, but that is about it, so I have to fix them in a way that they lose the taste. My new favorite way:

Dice up whatever veggies I have in the fridge (usually a whole onion, garlic, green/red pepper, mushrooms-they are cheap and last a while). Dice them SMALL. Small. I'm serious. little. If not, I have a pile left on the side of my plate I scrape into the trash with my head turned (so I don't know that I didn't eat them )

Then I get either ground beef or chicken-usually organic, super lean (the veggie fill it out and make it seem like more, compensates for the $ difference from buying organic.)

Saute veggies for 15-20 minutes and add ground chicken/beef and cook until almost done.( drain if you like)

Then I either add hot sauce (for the chicken) or 2 Tbs BBQ sauce for beef (get a yummy kind that you like) with 2 Tbs water

Then I put some in a bowl and add once ounce of cheese (usually blue cheese...because yum) and mix it around.

Seriously. It's magical. The veggie taste disappears. And depending on how much ground meat you use, it last for 4+ servings.

MOM4BOYS87 Posts: 1
10/7/13 11:43 A

Spinach is so easy to add to omelettes in the morning. Sandwiches at lunch. I've started adding it to my protein smoothie (greek yogurt, water, protein powder, few berries, cup of spinach +2 fruit/veggies). LOVING sugar snap peas with hummus or salsa for more veggie goodness. Don't give up!

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10/7/13 11:29 A

I'm taking 1/4 cup of dry roasted edamame on the road. Very portable, lots of protein, fiber, and a little good fat.

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10/6/13 9:24 P

I have 4-8 oz of low sodium v8 juice (actually the store brand) in the morning with breakfast. That's one to two veggie servings right there. Then I have a big salad with lunch (nothing clever about it, but there you have it) -- two more veggie servings. A sliced apple is usually my evening "treat." That's another serving. Then, whatever veggies I have for dinner ensure that I have five to six, and most are veggies...

Edited by: ANGELCITYGAL at: 10/6/2013 (21:25)
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10/6/13 6:57 P

Spinach can be sneaked into sandwiches instead of that ubiquitous leaf of lettuce. Steam it in the microwave for 2 mins, then drain and stick in your sandwich.

Sweet potatoes can be made ahead of time and they keep well in the fridge for a couple of weeks. Use the leftovers for last-minute dinners, take to work lunches, etc.

Tomatoes (especially ones from the farmer's market) taste incredibly good just cut up with salt and pepper.

Carrot juice tastes good, it's sold in many grocery stores now, and it's quite a bit quicker to drink your carrots than to eat them if you are tight on time.

Really, most veggies don't take long to stir fry with whatever else (protein?) you're having for dinner. Slice 'em with some garlic and onions and cook 'em up. That's a pretty failsafe way to get in things like zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms, summer squash, sweet peppers etc.

A-NEW-PAULA Posts: 1,594
10/6/13 6:31 P

I found what I think is a yummy and clever way of getting a serving of veggies in at breakfast!

Mix frozen spinach and enchilada sauce and heat in the microwave. Pour over egg whites or whatever protein you like.

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LEANMEAN2 Posts: 13,539
10/5/13 6:57 A

If you don't have them on hand, you won't eat them so be sure that you always have them available.

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10/4/13 10:53 P

I bought a juicier to get my veggies in my meals.

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10/4/13 7:28 P

Set up a veggie feast: Spaghetti squash topped with sauce made from 1/4 c. tomato paste (paste counts as 1 veggie). Thin the paste with water to desired consistency. Stir in 1/4 c. of a veggie mix of onion & peppers, finely diced, Now serve with a side of grilled mushrooms or broccoli. I made this for dinner tonight and my Dad, who is the original meat & potatoes man, loved it.

For dessert - fresh fruit and an ounce of good cheese.

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RICHERYL Posts: 890
10/4/13 5:57 P

my family loves home-made fresh breads, so I try to make a batch or 2 each Summer using the fresh zucchini available and do the zucchini breads. The kids love it and don't seem to care that it has vegies in it.

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10/2/13 11:42 P

The fruit in yogurt is more jelly than fruit. Stir in 1/2 cup of your own fruit. Plain yogurt is good too as a veggie dip. I mix in 1 tb of low fat ranch dressing to 1 cup plain "yog" and have a great little snack.

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10/2/13 8:05 P

I love stir fry to extra veggies in. For fruits how about fruit & yogurt parfaits.

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10/2/13 11:20 A

ALEGNAC - I don't count fruit in yogurt as a fruit, but some people may. If I put the fruit in myself and I know it's a 1/2 cup, I'll count it then.

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10/2/13 11:18 A

I just pack fresh fruit and veggies to snack on while I'm at my desk. I'm pretty set on my eating schedules during the week so I find it easy, honestly.

Breakfast at 9:00 when I get to work.
Snack at 11:00
Lunch at 1:30
Snack at 4:00
Dinner at 7-8 depending on what's going on. I always include some sort of fresh or frozen veggie.

I have class Tuesday and Thursday nights, so I then will have a larger snack in the afternoon and then have a quick veggie and cheese omelet or something when I get home.

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10/2/13 11:11 A

These are some great ideas! I have a hard time with this as well. I do have a question that goes along with this as well. What is considered a serving on most fruits and veggies? Like when I buy yogurt with fruit in it -is that considered a serving of fruit? I don't think of it that way but maybe I am wrong.

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10/2/13 12:03 A

Use your veggies to stir into eggs for breakfast or into broth for a light lunch-time soup. I also make stir fry with tofu and & veggies or a grain and veggie pilaf for dinner. Fruit I save to stir into yogurt for dessert or just pop like candy.


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PAM_COOPER Posts: 389
10/1/13 6:42 P

It is hard for me to imagine not getting enough veggies these days (I have been working on my diet for a couple years)---it is such a huge part of weight loss and I never could have lost weight without them.

Many wonderful ideas mentioned here already, but will share my personal likes--
I do lots of vegetable soup. I like stir fry in a variety of ways. I love roasted veggies too and make garden omelettes with more vegetables than egg.
I eat double helpings of veggies and half helpings of breads and pastas, beans or rice.
It is amazing how many ways you can eat cabbage, for instance--shredded in slaw, cooked in soups, sauerkraut, etc. Shredded carrots and such are good added to meatloaf or made into veggie burgers.

To enhance taste I also (as someone mentioned also) I use bouillon, soy sauce, vinaigrette or yogurt based dressings, hot sauce, light gravies (w/o fat), and experiment with spices.

Something else to consider is your psychological approach to vegetables--especially if you are not a fan of vegetables. Tell yourself how much you really like beet greens or cauliflower. I remember a day when I FIRST ate Brussels sprouts --- ewwwwe! Today it is one of my favorite late night go-to snacks. A big bowl of steamed sprouts in front of the TV is much better than potato chips.

Just keep plugging at it--look up new recipes and research nutrition values and keep trying out vegetables, even the ones you don't like very well. You'll be surprised how many vegetables you can incorporate into your daily meals.

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LINDAWEEKS1 Posts: 194
10/1/13 3:42 P

I graze through my garden.

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BITSNPIECES38 Posts: 981
10/1/13 3:26 P

I ordered the gobites that are advertised here. They make good afternoon snacks, and they have a lot of options that are fruits and grains.

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10/1/13 1:07 P

I always have some fruit (orange, apple, pear) cut up on the counter (or just placed out, such as grapes, blueberries or a banana).
That way as I cruise by I can nibble.

Lots of good ideas here.

HEALTHYN10 Posts: 188
10/1/13 12:29 P

My daughter has introduced me to green smoothies, usually made with apples, kale, spinach, mangos, and/or bananas. She blends everything together (with water or juice) utilizing a high-speed blender. She also adds ground flaxseeds in her smoothie for omega 3. This has helped me to get in my daily requirements of fruits and vegetables.

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10/1/13 11:15 A

After we've finished off a jar of pickles or peperoncinis, DH chops up carrots, celery, zucchini, cauliflower, and whole baby mushrooms, onions, broccoli, etc. and drops it in the jar. Yummy crunchy treats. Also works for boiled eggs.

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A1HOTDOG Posts: 75
10/1/13 10:21 A

I don't know if it's clever, but...
I add veggies to my eggs - onions,peppers,tomotoes
I have a bag of veggies in my purse that I nibble on throughout the day.
at work I put my veggies on my desk, you'd be amazed how quickly they disappear!
I do the same thing will I watch tv.
at dinner time, I add veggies to my meat or potatoes that i'm grilling/frying.
I also, enjoy a salad with each meal.

Edited by: A1HOTDOG at: 10/1/2013 (10:23)
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10/1/13 10:05 A

With the fall season upon us the farmers markets are almost done and will have to rely on grocery stores for fruits and vegetables again
Adding them to soups, salads, main dishes, desserts not only is nutritious but makes the food appealing to look at therefore tastes good too
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10/1/13 9:57 A

i add many veggies as is available to soup and puree them so then no one knows what they are eating and no one is fussy re this veggie and the that!!!

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10/1/13 9:27 A

I add red, yellow or orange peppers to almost everything that I cook with meat because it's just so good :) I add it to sauces, chili, coups, or just grilled.

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10/1/13 8:51 A

I add fresh and frozen veggies to almost all my soups -- extends the servings --- so I feel I'm reducing sodium and getting an extra serving of the veggies.

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10/1/13 7:17 A

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I surf the net for new recipes and often combine veggies with pasta or meat. Last night we had pasta with chard and garlic and it was very tasty! (from Eating Well, so also calorie-smart)

BETS44057 Posts: 2,416
10/1/13 6:13 A

I like to zest citrus over them...makes them more interesting to the tastebuds..

PLUSNOMORE5 Posts: 6,190
10/1/13 5:41 A

roasted vegetables are good

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10/1/13 5:35 A

my aunt used to puree veggies & use them in the curry for meat & fish also cooking lentils with lots of veggies

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10/1/13 5:27 A

I plan vegetables into meals - lots if stir fries and meat/veggie dishes. Sometimes just a side. I usually take carrots or peppers in my lunch with hummus to dip. Enjoy!

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9/30/13 8:10 A

You have been given a lot of good ideas. At each meal I try to have some produce and often at snack. Having fresh cut up makes it easier along with the microwave vegetables. Adding them to foods you eat can be an easy way to get them in so for example if you have eggs scramble some spinach in.

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9/30/13 1:43 A

I prep all of my veggies on Sunday and pack them for my lunches. I also portion out hummus to eat with them. I buy cans of pineapple and mandarin oranges and take them in my lunch too. I make a big bowl of salad and portion it out also, as well as the chicken or tuna I plan to eat also. I do the same thing with chili or leftovers so that I can just grab and go.

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9/29/13 9:04 P

I like to snack on fresh veggies when I cut them up, but my favorite way is to make a big pot of vegetable soup. I use a large can of crushed tomatoes, 1 can of water, a big bag of frozen mixed vegetables and a box of frozen kale or spinach. I add some seasonings, usually just pepper and oregano and if I have other things on hand, I may add beans, red lentils, celery or leftover veggies I froze for the soup. It cooks in about 20 minutes and I'll have a cup every day. It also freezes well. If the soup seems too thick, just add some more water.


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EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
9/29/13 8:55 P

You don't specify whether you want them as snacks or what... but I love soup! I make lots of soup. I portion them into little disposable souffle cups (available through restaurant suppliers for ridiculously cheap prices) and freeze them. Very easy to pop one in a coffee mug and microwave. Bone broths are especially healthy!

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A-NEW-PAULA Posts: 1,594
9/29/13 7:42 P

emoticon for all of the great suggestions!

I know you all probably know all of these suggestions but sometimes little things like this can add flavor without a lot of empty calories:

Hot sauce- I had a left over KFC hot sauce packet and sprinkled it over some chilled sugar snap peas.

Soy Sauce (I prefer the flavor of reduced sodium) over edamame (I keep some in my freezer. They unthaw in the microwave quickly)

Use greek yogurt as the base for a veggie dip instead of sour cream Hidden Valley has several flavors of seasoning packets and I have found some specifically made to add to greek yogurt in my local health food store

Here is a EASY recipe that is surprisingly good cold or hot

QUICK BANANA BREAKFAST TO GO (modified from Eat To Live by Dr. Fuhrman)

1 cup blueberries (fresh or frozen) *I like Trader Joes frozen wild blueberries with this the best
1 banana, sliced
1/4 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1/4 cup pomegranate juice
1 TBSP chopped walnuts

Combine all ingredients in a small microwavable bowl. Heat in the microwave for 3 minutes.
Note: For on the go, combine all the ingredients in a resealable container and eat later, either hot or cold.


Anyone got any sauces or flavorings I'm forgetting???

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LOVE4KITTIES Posts: 2,100
9/27/13 1:33 P

I haven't tried them (yet), but I've heard that kale chips are excellent. There are a lot of recipes for them (some with nutritional yeast, which is supposedly very tasty and nutritious and something I am interested in trying). You can either make them in the oven or with a food dehydrator. Kale chips with a chicken wrap (chicken, avocado, spring mix) and a piece of fruit would be a good lunch or dinner, I think, with plenty of veggies.

9/27/13 12:35 P

Wow! There are some great ideas in here!!! I find especially this time of year that a wholesome healthy stew or soup is a great way to get lots of veggies into my day. I also love to substitute a large lettuce leaf for a bun on my burgers...the crunch is so yummy!! emoticon

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9/27/13 12:14 P

I find replacing grains/flours/sugars with freggies completely changed my tastes in what I crave. My body depends on and craves them as they are my primary source of carbs. Additionally, my body receives much greater amounts of micro-nutrients with them.
spinach muffins
green smoothies
veg soups
veg based sauces

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9/27/13 11:40 A

I have struggled with this in the past, too. Here are some tips that help me:

1. Smoothies. I'm currently on a smoothie kick, making a giant one which is breakfast & lunch for me most work days. My smoothie contains 2 cups of fresh spinach, 1 cup of frozen blueberries, 1 fresh banana, 1 cup of light orange juice, 1 cup of kefir (a yogurt drink) or yogurt, protein powder, iced cubes, and water. It contains 6 servings of fruit & veggies, and you can honestly not taste the spinach at all.

2. Replace pasta with steamed veggies. I know this won't be possible for everyone, but what I love most about Italian food is the sauce -- not the noodles. So, when I make Italian dishes, I commonly replace noodles with steamed broccoli. This saves a ton of calories (and allows me to sometimes splurge on sauces like alfredo), tastes great, and gives me several servings of veggies.

3. Pre-cut fruit & veggies. I love to snack, and I have made a lot of adjustments to my home to make sure I am snacking the RIGHT way. One of those changes it to make sure I have cut up raw veggies & dip at home pretty much all the time. I'm a big fan of carrots & cauliflower.

4. Sandwiches. Right now, I am on a panini kick. There is something about toasting a sandwich that just upgrades your meal. I also think that adding extra veggies to a typical sandwich can make it seem more fancy, or restaurant-esque. I frequently add spinach, sliced cucumber, and bell peppers to my sandwiches, which make it more flavorful and more filling while also adding additional servings of veggies.

I'll be keeping an eye on this thread for more ideas, too!

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9/27/13 9:21 A

Kris makes a great point and it is something that I found myself doing starting in college and continue to do now; I re-evaluate my plate portions and decrease the pasta/other carbs and do more veggies instead.

Or make smoothies and use spinach/kale for awesome benefits there :)

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9/27/13 5:56 A

Make up some little snap-lock bags of them and nibble on them through-out the day.

Make casseroles reducing the lean meat and increase the veges. I sometimes puree veges into gravies - not because I need more veges, but because of the increased fibre and natural thickening qualities.

Make a smoothie, putting the fruit/veges into them.

If you eat pasta, reduce the pasta and add extra veges such as onions, celery, cauliflower, broccoli, capsicum, mushrooms - even finely shredded cabbage!


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KNUCKLES145 Posts: 14,074
9/26/13 8:31 P

I find I eat more of them if they are convenient. such as already cut up and readily available to grab and eat. for example today had had a bunch of celery stocks with lunch, and just finished snacking on about 2 cups of grape tomatoes

other choices are in smoothies and soups.

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A-NEW-PAULA Posts: 1,594
9/26/13 7:52 P

I can usually get in 3 freggies without too much effort but I know if I got more veggies throughout the day it would help me feel full and better. Any suggestions that would be appreciated?

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