Sneak in More Fruits and Veggies
Some people love salad — and some people don't. Whichever group you belong to, it's still important to be sure you're eating your five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables a day but there's no question, it's easier to do this if you're in the first group!
For that fruit-and-veg-challenged second group, try this trick to make it easier to get in all those servings — use your blender to puree vegetables or fruits and combine them with other foods you like. It's a great way to sneak important nutrients (including fiber) into your diet.
Applesauce and other pureed fruits (including blueberries, pears, plums, apricots and others) can be stirred into plain yogurt, mixed into a smoothie, eaten with a healthy cereal, or enjoyed as an easy, convenient snack.
Note to Parents:
Sometimes it pays to be creative in trying to get your kids to eat sufficient quantities of veggies and fruit. Spaghetti sauce (over whole wheat pasta) can be "healthified" with green beans, carrots, even spinach - you'll barely notice a difference in taste! Buy snack-packs or use your blender to puree your own fruits and vegetables.