Diet Bites Articles
10 Healthy Fruit & Vegetable Tips
1. Add Fruits & Vegetables to Italian Dishes
Oh wow - what a classy and healthy route to weight loss! You'll be encouraging a slimmer YOU while adding a burst of health to your daily diet - the al-la-natural way! And it's so easy-peasy. Let's say you're preparing spaghetti. Prepare your pasta as you would normally. You can use a prepared sauce, or you can use the homemade route.
Next add any or all of the following sauteed veggies [sliced or sauteed] to your warm spaghetti sauce or marinara: any variety of edible mushrooms, black olives, spinach, chopped tomato [sweet plum tomatoes are so divine!], onions, garlic, summer squash such as straight-neck or zucchini and fire-roasted bell peppers of any variety.
2. Drag Out Dust-Off Your Deserted Grill
She'll love you for it - and she'll kiss those veggies and fruits with a lick of fire as she flames away those other unhealthy calories from meats in your diet. Try grilling pineapple rings. You'll need two rings. In the center, place lean honey ham and mozzarella cheese [it melts quickly] OR gruyere which has a lovely, mild flavor and which also melts quickly. Grill one side of the pineapple, carefully flip and grill the other side. Serve with a healthy vegetable-mix-salad and light dressing.
3. Classy & Healthier Casseroles
Add sauteed veggies such as peas, onions, garlic, pinto or black beans, mushrooms, fire-roasted tomatoes or fire-roasted bell peppers to your casseroles for a healthy twist. One of my favorite combinations is one can of fire-roasted whole-kernel corn, one can of fire-roasted chopped tomatoes, one can of rinsed canned black beans. Be sure to drain the corn and tomatoes. Combine and season with 1/2 packet of your favorite taco seasoning and cook until hot on the stovetop. Add lean cooked chopped chicken if you wish - or prepared ground beef or strips of cooked steak. We love ours without the meat - so either method works wonderfully-well. Next, top with grated or sliced cheese of your liking and pop into your toaster oven until the cheese is melted.
4. Healthy Stir-Fry
Combine lean protein with a barrage of healthy veggies. We love drained canned beans added to the frozen-type bags of Asian veggies. Add a bit of Chinese 5-Spice and your favorite Asian sauce. Wow - what a delicious meal when served with whole grain rice! Don't forget that little fortune cookie. Bet it will say, "Good Health & a Longer Life in Your Future".
5. Super Healthy Soups
Soups offer one of your best opportunities to blast into the vortex of healthy eating. Your diet will soar with notes of the vital elements of nutrition. Have leftover potatoes, carrots or pumpkin? Simply mash and add a bit of low fat milk and spices. You'll have a lovely soup and every spoonful will be a healthy bite. If you're preparing vegetable or chicken soup - try experimenting with vegetables that you may not have previously used. Zucchini added to vegetable soup is heavenly, as are mushrooms. Do keep a cautious eye out for the sodium content you add.
6. Add Fruits & Vegetables to Sandwiches
Sure, we always add those healthy veggies - such as lettuce, and yes we do add a dash of fruit [the tomato slices]. But what about something different? Rather than cold sandwiches, what about hot? What about adding caramelized onions to your hot sandwich? Sauteed mushrooms or spinach? Yum-Yum!
7. Healthy Fruit Smoothies
Add your favorite berry to frozen bananas and blend with 100% orange juice.
8. Healthy Veggie-Infused Omelet
Whisk one large egg in a bowl with 1 Tablespoon of milk or Half & Half - while sautéing 1/2 cup of any or all of the following mix: sliced mushrooms, chopped fresh spinach, chopped onion, fire-roasted tomatoes or bell peppers. Add the whisked egg to a non-stick pan and allow to cook on one side. You can use cooking spray if you need to so that the omelet doesn't stick. Carefully turn the omelet over and add the sauteed veggies to one side of the omelet circle. Add grated cheese if you wish. Fold and enjoy with a serving of milk.
9. Add Fruits & Veggies to Baked Goodies
Think Zucchini Bread, Pumpkin Bread, Banana Bread. Rather than fatty oils, you can substitute with mashed fruits and save calories and fat grams.
10. Go Raw & Natural
Veggies don't always need to be cooked. Eating raw vegetables supports dental health, satisfies appetite and saves calories. You'll also get more vitamin benefits as heat does tend to rob the veggie of such.