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Monday, November 29, 2010

Monday's Healthy Tip

This weeks pyramid topic is Vegetables. My least favorite, but with age I am eating more veggies. You should have 3-6 servings a day!!

Any vegetable or 100% vegetable juice counts as a member of the vegetable group. Vegetables may be raw or cooked; fresh, frozen, canned, or dried/dehydrated; and may be whole, cut-up, or mashed. Vegetables are organized into 5 subgroups, based on their nutrient content. Some commonly eaten vegetables in each subgroup are:

1. Dark Green Vegetables- examples are: broccoli, dark green leafy lettuce, spinach
* A spinach salad is a good choice at your dinner table*

2. Orange Vegetables- acorn and butternut squash, carrots, sweet potatoes, pumpkin
*Squash makes perfect side dishes*

3. Dry Beans and Peas- black beans, navy beans, split peas, tofu
*Soups are a great way to incorporate your vegetables*

4. Starchy Vegetables- corn, potatoes and green peas
*Corn on the cob makes a great treat for dinner*

5. Other Vegetables- Eggplant, green beans, okra, onions, tomatoes
*Eggplant is one of my favorite dishes and it is very healthy*


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