Hi, Margo! Sorry for not welcoming you sooner; I was mostly away from the internet for a while. Glad you're here. Check out some of the "tricks" in our team links for getting more veggies. Some things I recommend:
Add grated veggies to pasta sauce, meat loaf, and other places.
I like easy, too: will cherry tomatoes, baby carrots, baby bell peppers, or jicama sticks work for you? I find if I cut up (carrots, cauliflower, jicama) snacking veggies and wash things like snap peas the minute I get in the house from the grocery, and keep them in a container in the fridge with a little water, I'm more likely to reach for them later because they're *ready*.
Also, I recommend cutting yourself a break: if you can't find a veggie that works for you, but you're eating plenty of fruit, go ahead and decide you're going to do 7 fruits and 3 veggies, or something, instead of 5 and 5.
My main goal every day is to be kind to myself. Sometimes that means cutting myself slack. :-)
-- Serene, The More Girl More veggies More fruits More grains More exercise More energy More love
"Through dangers untold and hardships unnumbered, I have fought my way here to the castle beyond the Goblin City to take back the life that weight and ill health have stolen. For my will is as strong as yours, and my kingdom is as great.. You have no power over me."
At the moment I'm looking for more vegetables. I eat fruit with no problem, but get lame when I start thinking about vegetables. I love low sodium V-8 and have Health Valley vegetable soups but often they just sit there because I go for "easier" things. Popcorn is a whole grain and I eat that 3 or so times a week (excellent fiber, too) and my husband makes me a hot, egg breakfast each morning so I get good protein to start the day (and whole wheat toast) but for some reason I always feel like I don't get enough vegetables. They need a vegetable that's as easy to eat as a banana or apple is (I eat one each of those most days too).
Hmm. I do like to dip my apples in my runny peanut butter for a midday snack/lunch; maybe I need to buy more celery and do the same with it?
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