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A recent study randomly selected 508 adults and categorized each of them as either a vegetable lover or fruit lover by using a cross-classification technique, based on their preference ratings for fruits and vegetables and by each participant’s self-perceptions. Vegetable lovers differed from fruit lovers in both their cooking habits and their food preferences as shown by the following chart:
Cooking Habit or Preference
Have guests over for dinner
Claim to cook nutritious meals
Make new recipes they have
never made before
Eat spicy food
Drink wine with dinner
Eat dessert after dinner
So where do you fall? Are you the veggie or fruit lover? By focusing your efforts on your food preferences and cooking desires you can easily meet your nutrition needs and your "5 A Day" quota.
Action Sparked for the Fruit Lovers:
Try fruit as a replacement for desserts.
Snack on fruits between meals.
Serve raw fruit slices along with a dip.
Throw in a piece of fruit to have with your brown bag lunch.
Top pancakes, waffles, and cake with fruit.
Stir fruit into your favorite yogurt.
Add dried fruit to your hot cereal.
Enjoy a fruit-yogurt smoothie
Add fruit to chicken and tuna salads.
Action Sparked for the Vegetable Lovers:
Add variety to your meals by trying new veggie recipes.
Impress your family and friends with a new vegetable creation.
Add extra vegetables to your favorite soup, casserole, or stew.
Sauté your veggies in olive oil; add additional spices, herbs, lemon juice, nuts, cheese, or seeds for flavor.
Enjoy raw vegetables and dip with your meal or as a snack.
Becky is a registered and licensed dietitian with almost 20 years of experience. Through her company, An Ounce of Prevention, she makes nutrition principles practical, easy to apply and fun. See all of Becky's articles.
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