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Healthy Diet Tips - Vegetables

  • Vegetables that are in season are often the best choice because they are affordable and often full of flavor. Try a variety of seasonal vegetables to keep meals interesting.
  • Frozen vegetables make a good alternative to fresh vegetables. Always keep your freezer stocked with a few frozen vegetable options just in case you get caught without fresh veggies.
  • Vegetables that are high in potassium are often the most nutritious vegetable choices. White beans, tomato products, beet greens, soybeans, lima beans, winter squash, lentils, kidney beans, spinach, split peas, white potatoes and sweet potatoes are great sources of potassium.
  • If you buy canned vegetables or other canned products try to look for cans labeled "low sodium" since canned food will often have added sodium.
  • Try focusing some meals on vegetables rather than meats or starches. Vegetable stir-fry's and vegetable soups can be easy to make.
  • Pre-washed salad is easy to prepare. Try adding a small salad to every meal.
  • Try cooking vegetables on your outdoor grill the next time you BBQ. Vegetable kabobs are easy to prepare and a great addition to any grilled meat.
  • Keep vegetable snacks on hand at all times. Carrot sticks, celery sticks, cucumber slices and bell pepper slices can help hold you over between meals.
  • Get creative by decorating you serving plates with a variety of colorful vegetables.
  • Make your salads colorful. If you have more than three colors in your salad you probably have a nice variety of vegetables and nutrients.
  • Boiling vegetables can cook the nutrients out of the vegetable. Try lightly steaming veggies instead of boiling them.

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