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A reader of my blog posted that they were concerned about the lack of fruits and Veggies in my diet.<br><br><br><br>
I do buy theme, I have a bunch in the crisper right now.<br><br><br><br>
My Problem is, I never want to eat them. I am never hungry for them.<br><br><br><br>
So now, I am looking for interesting/fun ways to get them in.<br><br><br><br>
Any ideas?<br><br><br><br>
P.S. I do love fruit juices!
 

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Bake them! Mmmm roasted veges are awesome. Chop them, spray on a bit of olive oil and sprinkle with garlic, roast and delicious! The fruit either turn into smoothies or just juice it if you have a juicer. Soup is another good one in winter to get those veges in or hide them in a casserole or lentil and vege spaghetti "bol" (yep, the pasta sauce idea is super!). Lastly eat them on their own but drown them in a yummy but healthy vegan sauce. I made a creamy garlic sauce tonight from Garden Of Vegan with potato, garlic, "milk" and a few herbs and spices and threw some nut. yeast over the top and had it with pasta, roast pumpkin, steamed broccoli and steamed baby corn. YUM! Once you get in the habit of using and eating veges you'll love them! I grew up hating them and now I have to have at least 3 different veggies on my plate or it feels wrong.<br><br><br><br>
ETA: veggie sticks like carrots, celery and zucchini make great dippers. Make a vegan dip and use them as a snack <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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The pasta sauce idea is perfect. To give my marinara a little something extra, I usually grate up some fresh baby carrots and zucchini. My meat-loving BF doesn't even notice, but it does jazz up the sauce a little bit.
 

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A reader of my blog posted that they were concerned about the lack of fruits and Veggies in my diet.<br><br><br><br>
I do buy theme, I have a bunch in the crisper right now.<br><br><br><br>
My Problem is, I never want to eat them. I am never hungry for them.<br><br><br><br>
So now, I am looking for interesting/fun ways to get them in.<br><br><br><br>
Any ideas?<br><br><br><br>
P.S. I do love fruit juices!</div>
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You could blend them up together to make a blended salad, or green smoothie. Some people find them easier and more convenient than the time it takes to chomp on a bunch of raw veggies and fruits, and they are healthier than drinking fruit juices, because you keep all the fiber. There are a few recipes I've been using lately. One is RidgeRunner's Blended Spinach Salad from the fatfree vegan website:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.fatfreevegan.com/beverages/ridgerunner.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.fatfreevegan.com/beverages/ridgerunner.shtml</a><br><br>
(I make the version that contains apple).<br><br><br><br>
The other 2 are the Antioxidant Rich Smoothie w/ Avocado, and the Chocolate Smoothie (which I make with carob):<br><br><br><br>
Chocolate Smoothie<br><br>
(from <a href="http://www.diseaseproof.com" target="_blank">www.diseaseproof.com</a>)<br><br><br><br>
5 oz. organic baby spinach<br><br>
½ cup soy milk<br><br>
½ cup pomegranate juice<br><br>
1 medium banana<br><br>
1 Tbsp. natural unsweetened cocoa powder<br><br>
2 cups frozen blueberries<br><br>
1 Tbsp. flaxseed, ground<br><br><br><br>
First, liquefy spinach in soy milk and pomegranate juice in the blender. Add all remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Serves 2.<br><br><br><br>
Antioxidant Rich Smoothie<br><br>
(from <a href="http://www.drfuhrman.com" target="_blank">www.drfuhrman.com</a>)<br><br>
Marian Fanok<br><br><br><br>
Serves: 2<br><br>
Preparation Time: 5 minutes<br><br><br><br>
Ingredients:<br><br>
8 ounces (about 8 cups) organic baby spinach<br><br>
1 cup pomegranate juice<br><br>
1 cup blueberries, frozen<br><br>
1 cup strawberries, frozen<br><br>
8 deglet noor dates, pitted and cut in half or 3 medjool dates, pitted<br><br>
2 tablespoons ground flaxseeds<br><br>
1/2 avocado (optional)<br><br>
Instructions:<br><br>
Blend all ingredients together. This is delicious & very healthy!<br><br><br><br>
The ones listed above are my 'dessert salads' that I drink after the main course of dinner. For breakfast, you might want to try the Carrot Citrus Cocktail, which is what my husband always has. It is posted on the fatfree vegan website:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.fatfreevegan.com/beverages/claudia.shtml" target="_blank">http://www.fatfreevegan.com/beverages/claudia.shtml</a>
 

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-marinara sauce with lots of veggies included (zucchini, mushrooms, carrots)<br><br>
-pesto made with broccoli, herbs or greens<br><br>
-smoothies<br><br>
-sandwich or pita containing avocado, tomato, lettuce, sprouts<br><br>
-veggie stir fry<br><br>
-burritos with lettuce, tomato, avocado, sauteed veggies<br><br>
-taco salad<br><br>
-fruit salad<br><br>
-veggie pizza<br><br>
-veggie subs<br><br>
-twice baked potatoes stuffed with broccoli, carrots, zucchini, artichoke<br><br>
-veggie soup
 

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Where is your blog? i'd be interested to see it.<br><br><br><br>
I find the less vegetables you eat the less you want to eat. For a while you may have to force them on yourself to begin to find a true appetite for them.<br><br><br><br>
Have you tried soup? It's the easiest thing in the world to cook and one of the easiest ways to eat vegetables. Just softern a chopped onion and some crushed garlic in a pan, add some vegetables you have hanging around you think will taste okay together, add some vegetable stock, boil till everythings soft and wizz up in the food processor till smooth. I tend to make soup up and keep it in the fride, so when i'm feeling tired, hungry and lazy i can just heat some up and eat it. Keep some fresh vegetables already chopped in the fridge, i always have a bag of chopped carrots hanging around so i can just grab some to eat with some hummus whenever i feel like it and if they're just sitting staring at you whenever you open the fridge you really cant resist them.<br><br><br><br>
As for fruit, i find it can be a little dull on it's own sometimes. Something i do is chop some fruit up such as apple banana, mango, some grapes or whatever i have hanging around and drip them in either plain of flavoured soy yoghurt, works really well with apples. Also frozen fruit add a bit more interest. Frozen bananas make a great desert and are almost ice cream like and frozen grapes make a great boredom snack. Also have you tried chopping fruit on your cereal in the morning? Nothing like a bowl of cereal with a sliced banana and rice milk, or a bowl of porridge with sliced apple and cinamon.
 

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Where is your blog? i'd be interested to see it.<br></div>
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<br><br><br><a href="http://www.annikat.org" target="_blank">www.annikat.org</a>
 

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For fruit:<br><br><br><br>
I second smoothies (e.g. banana, frozen berries, lemon juice and soy milk)<br><br><br><br>
Add sliced bananas/apples/berries to your cereal or to pancake batter.<br><br><br><br>
Oranges, raspberries, pomegranates etc. in salad.<br><br><br><br>
Veggies:<br><br><br><br>
Add chopped tomatoes, jalapeños, onions and curry powder to scrambled eggs.<br><br><br><br>
Put bell peppers, roasted zucchini, roasted eggplant, cucumber, seasonal lettuce, tomato and whatever else comes to mind on your hummus pita.<br><br><br><br>
Grow some sprouts in a jar and stir fry them - peanuts and mung beans work well with garlic, sesame, bell peppers, a bit of soy sauce and a bit of vinegar.<br><br><br><br>
I'd also suggest cooking meals with some sort of vegetable/legume combo in batches and storing the leftovers in containers in the fridge or freezer. Chickpeas in tomato sauce; split mung beans with potatoes and broccoli; red lentils with tomatoes; potatoes, green beans, eggplant and zucchini in tomato sauce with yogurt; yellow split peas, red lentils, split mung beans, zucchini, eggplant, and tomato. You get the idea...
 

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Thanks <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Just had a look and hmm to be honest i find your diet kind of concerning. Arent you hungry all the time? It seems like you're eating very little. Not neserserialy callorie wise but bulk wise. You also seem to be eating a lot of processed foods and dairy products which are not going to be the best for you nutritionally or for your weight loss. I understand you may be on a budget and not have much time, but in my experience for trasitioning to a healthy lifestyle that will last you need to force yourself to do it, for it to become habbit and it often means changing a lot of things. To me your food logs look like those of the average person who doesnt eat too well. Yes you need more fruits and vegetables, but you also need to cut back on all the processed food and excess dairy products and go for more whole healthy foods which will give you energy and help in your ultimate goal. Theres nothing wrong with the occasional treat once or twice a week maybe but really fruits, veggies, complex carbs etc should be the basis of any diet.<br><br><br><br>
Sorry, i know this has posibly been said quite a few times before and i truly support what you're doing and really belive you can do it, having lost nearly 100lbs myself. But i think in order to not only lose weight but improve your health you need to re evalute and commit to your diet.
 

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I love veggies raw. Sometimes I dip them in Nasoya Blue Cheese dressing (vegan). I also puree them in a veggie broth then add some rice or quinoa.
 

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smoothies! i throw in oranges, bananas, apple, cucumber, baby spinach, strawberries, greenleaf lettuce and whatever else. so simple and yummy.
 
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