Try going to bountifulbaskets.org and ordering a basket of fruits and veggies for cheap ($15.00). You never know what you're going to get, and I've tried tons of new veggies using it. Who knew my kids and I would love things like cabbage, kale and bok choy? While most of the foods are "normal" parts of our diet, we occasionally get something I've never bought, and it's been a definite healthy learning experience for all of us.
Cherry tomatoes make great guilt free snack! When I open the fridge door looking for something to munch on, they are the first thing I see. They have a nice bright flavor that prevents me from grazing deeper in to the depths of the fridge. Plus, it is kind of fun to pop them in your mouth and hear them crunch! Each cherry tomato is only 3 calories. It is a great effortless way to pop in more servings of vegetables.
I mix 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling) with either a teaspoon of sugar or an artificial sweetener, plus spices. It's under 60 calories if you use 1 tsp sugar, counts as a serving of vegetables and has 5 grams of fiber (may depend on the brand).
I start out my day with a breakfast salad so I can 4 servings of fruit & veggies first thing in the morning! I'll have 50g (2c) of spinach (+2) with another salad mix like Ruby Reds, with 1T of either Balsamic Vinaigrette or House Italian. Then I'll top that with 100g of fruit, (+1) and have 8oz of 100% Fruit Juice (+1). I like a lot of variety, so I'll pick different fruits and juices every time I shop. It's easy to sneak in another serving or two throughout the day.
Often, when I'm feeling a tad peckish I eat celery sticks. Since it burns more calories to eat it than it actually contains, I find it to be a perfect snack to curb my appetite. Ice chips are good for that too, but with celery at least you're loading up on your vegetable intake!
We slice our quashes in half the long way. Then we bake it cut side down on a lightly oiled baking sheet - 350° for 1 hour. Once it's done, you can easily slide the peelings off. Tastes fantastic too!
AT the end of every week I go through the crisper for unused veggies and through the freezer for ends of bags of veggies. I toss everything in a big pot with a boullion cube or two and cook it to make soup. Add leftover chuncked meat or chicken if you have it. You can just chop it all, or use the immersion blender on it for a different style of soup. If I'm using the immersion blender, I also add any bits of leftover cheese. You could cook ends of boxes of pasta or broken spaghetti, and add
I refuse to pay more for less. Those cute little individual packages of snacks for kids and other controlled portion needs are every where! They are bad for my budget and the environment. I just measure out 100 calorie servings or 1 serving size and store them in tiny reusable bowls with lids. The kids love to help and it might take me 20 minutes a month. It also helps to make sure i do not grab the whole box of cheese-its when watching a movie!
I always add 2.5 ounces of fresh spinach per serving to the boiling water the last minute of cooking my pasta. Adds another extra serving of veggies, gives you tons of fiber , and all of the other good stuff that spinach has. Best of all you can't really tell its there or taste it! My kids eat it up!
Starting a garden is a great way to get some exercise, get some healthy veggies to eat and in the end you'll have a sense of accomplishment that will motivate you to do more!! Learn to can or freeze the extras at the end of the season and you can enjoy your garden year round!
Stop the madness! Eating all the processed junk isn't good for you. If you're relying on a box to tell you there are no trans fats, then you're shopping in the store's wrong section. Shop the perimeter of your grocery store. (Produce/Meats/Cold) If you can't buy fresh, then buy fresh frozen. :)
We love going to opening receptions for art exhibitions. There is always food--usually healthy stuff like veggies, fruit, and cheeses and sometimes wine (stay away from the soda and junk). Dinner, entertainment, social interaction, and learning and seeing new stuff. It is a win on all levels!