We've asked the nation to join us in eating one more veggie every day for 30 days. Have you taken One Giant Pledge? Join the fun and read on for simple ways to meet your daily goal!
CHOOSE A MORNING SCRAMBLE
Add one more serving of veggies in the morning and enjoy the day knowing you’ve already met your goal! Omelets and scrambled eggs are a great way to jump-start your morning and energize you for the day. Incorporating vegetables in your eggs is delicious and only adds several minutes to your cook time. Dice your favorite veggies – try tomatoes, spinach, mushrooms, spinach, onions, peppers or broccoli – and sauté them for several minutes until they are soft. Then, add your eggs and cook like normal – it’s that easy!
BOOST YOUR SOUP
A hearty soup can be the best comfort food, especially as the weather shifts into fall. If you’re making homemade soup, chop some vegetables and toss them into the mix as it’s cooking. No time for homemade? No worries! Frozen vegetables are a quick and delicious last minute addition to any canned soup that will thaw quickly once added to a steaming pot. Depending on the soup you’re making, tomatoes, mushrooms, peas, onions, beans and peppers could all be great additions.
If your first thought is that you and your family are not big fans of vegetables, it’s possible that you just aren’t choosing the right ones. Veggies across the board can be so different from each other, especially when you consider all of the different ways to cook them. If they don’t work out one night, scratch that combination and move on. Try a different recipe or a different vegetable and try again. Even if you do find a recipe that everyone loves, it’s still a good idea to try a new one every now and again so no one gets bored of eating the same thing, and you get an array of nutrients.
PLAN AHEAD FOR SNACK TIME
If you and your family are snackers, prepare in advance. Slice up some fruit and vegetables and put them in bowls on the counter or in the fridge (depending on if people are around to eat them). Chips, crackers, or cookies are easy because they’re ready-to-go whenever you need them, so to avoid these easy pitfalls, make fruits and vegetables just as readily accessible in your kitchen. If your kids come home from school to a counter filled with celery, carrots and their favorite dip, you may be surprised to see how quickly it disappears!
STOCK UP ON SEASONED STEAMERS
When you’re taking care of the entire family, running errands and shuttling everyone to their respective locations, it’s understandable to opt for fast, last minute meals and forget vegetables because they take extra time and an extra hand to cook. The good news is that frozen vegetables take only five to seven minutes to cook and taste just as delicious. Pop them in the microwave and they can self-cook while you accomplish other tasks. Our new Seasoned Steamers come in six tasty varieties and are the perfect side (or healthy snack!) when you’re in a time crunch.
MAKE A SIMPLE STIR FRY
A mouthwatering stir-fry can be a side dish or it’s own meal, depending on what you add in. It’s perfect because it’s all cooked together in one pan and chockfull of vegetables. Stir-fry uses little oil and you aren’t limited to only using Asian sauces, either – use whatever your family likes best.
PUT YOUR BLENDER TO GOOD USE
Smoothies are quick and easy to grab on your way out the door. If you keep frozen vegetables on hand, you'll always be ready for this refreshing drink.
Sweet Sensation Spinach Smoothies
Prep Time: 8 Min
Start to Finish: 8 Min
1 box (9 oz) Green Giant® frozen chopped spinach
1 medium banana, cut up
1 cup frozen sliced peaches
1/2 cup lime sherbet
1/2 cup pineapple juice
1. Microwave spinach as directed on box. Rinse with cold water until cooled. Drain, squeezing out as much liquid as possible.
2. In blender, place 1/4 cup of the cooked spinach and remaining ingredients. (Cover and refrigerate remaining spinach for another use.) Cover; blend on high speed about 30 seconds or until smooth.
3. Pour into 2 glasses. Serve immediately.
2 servings (1 cup each)
1 Serving: Calories 280 (Calories from Fat 10); Total Fat 1.5g (Saturated Fat 0.5g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 50mg; Total Carbohydrate 64g (Dietary Fiber 5g, Sugars 50g); Protein 3g
% Daily Value: Vitamin A 70%; Vitamin C 220%; Calcium 8%; Iron 8%
Exchanges: 1 Starch, 1 Fruit, 2 1/2 Other Carbohydrate
Carbohydrate Choices: 4
For food safety reasons, frozen vegetables must be cooked. If your blender doesn’t handle frozen fruit very well, thaw the peaches slightly before adding them to the blender.
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