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10 Ways to Sneak Some Extra Fruits and Vegetables in Your Family’s Diet

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We all know by now that we should be eating at least five servings of fruits and vegetables each day. But knowing and doing are two different things, aren’t they? Sometimes it is just not easy to get them all in there. We are constantly tempted to fill up on convenience and junk food. If your family is anything like mine, they’d much rather fill up on a bag of chips or a bowl of rice or pasta instead of trying an apple or a plate of steamed broccoli. So we’ll have to get creative. Here are a few ideas to ‘sneak” some extra vegetables and fruits in your family’s diet.

  1. Start the day with a breakfast smoothie. All you have to do is throw some fruits, low-fat yogurt and ice in a blender. You may also want to add a scoop of protein powder in there for good measure. Just blend for a few seconds and you have the perfect breakfast ready to go. I like to sip mine in a thermal cup on the way to work. To make it even more appealing for your kids, use some frozen yogurt or a scoop of ice cream in the smoothie. They won’t believe that you are letting them have ice cream for breakfast.
  2. Dried fruit makes an excellent snack any time of the day. Add some small cartons of raisins to your child’s lunch box pack some yogurt-covered raisins in your husband’s briefcase and keep some trail mix sitting around for snacking. You can also add dried fruit to oatmeal and cereal in the morning. My family loves banana chips in their breakfast cereal.
  3. Add some fruits and vegetables to your family’s sandwiches. You can add some banana, sliced apples or strawberry slices to a peanut butter sandwich. Top a turkey sandwich with lettuce, tomato, cucumber and anything else they will eat. You can even make a sub shop style vegetable sandwich by combining several different vegetables with some mayonnaise and cheese on bread.
  4. Have a salad bar at dinner. Set out a variety of chopped vegetables, some cheese and croutons as well as several choices of salad dressing along with the lettuce and let everybody create their own perfect salad. 5. Let them drink their fruits and vegetables. Keep an assortment of fruit and vegetable juices in the fridge and encourage everyone to drink them as a snack. Get creative. You could start “family cocktail hour” by pouring everybody a glass of his or her favorite juice over ice. Add some straws, cocktail umbrellas and sit together to talk about how everybody’s day went.
  5. Try this for dessert. Put a small scoop of ice cream or frozen yogurt in a bowl and top it with lots of fresh or frozen fruit.
  6. Offer fruits and vegetables as snacks. You can cut apples into slices and top them with peanut butter or cheese. Cube cheese and serve with grapes. Cut up some fresh veggies and serve them with ranch dip. And of course there are ants on a log. Spread some cream cheese or peanut butter on the inside of a stick of celery and sprinkle raisins on it (wow, fruit and vegetable in one snack).
  7. Try some new fruits and vegetables. Pick something exotic to get your family’s curiosity. With a little luck their curiosity will outweigh their initial apprehension to trying something new. You could try artichokes, plantains, papaya, mango, star fruit, or anything else you can find in the produce department of your local store.
  8. Make a pot of vegetable soup or a stew that’s heavy on veggies and easy on the meat. Both of these make some great comfort food when the weather gets cold.
  9. Start “My Veggie Day”. Each family member gets to pick a vegetable one day of the week. They qualify to pick a vegetable as long as they tried each vegetable the week before, otherwise they lose a turn and Mom gets to pick. Incorporate a few of these ideas and you will have everyone in your family eating more fruits and vegetables in no time.

Here is another tip: Now that everyone in the family has gotten a taste for it, make sure you always have plenty of fresh fruits and veggies available and ready to snack on.

22 Reasons to Drink Mangos teen Juice

 

A coworker of mine at work brought in a mangos teen supplement drink and she was selling it for $30 (her price) for a 25 fly oz. bottle.  She also gave me information and these 22 reasons why everyone should be drinking mangos teen juice:

  1. Prevents hardening of the arteries
  2. Protects the heart muscle
  3. Anti-Parkinson, anti-Alzheimer and other forms of dementia
  4. Anti-depressant
  5. Prevents and arrest fungus
  6. Prevents bacterial infections
  7. Viral fighters and prevention of infections
  8. Prevents fume disease
  9. anti-diarrheal
  10. Lowers fevers
  11. Eye care-prevents glaucoma and cataracts
  12. Pan systemic – a synergistic effect on the whole body
  13. Energy boosters – anti-fatigue
  14. Anti-aging
  15. Weight loss (woo, I’ll drink to this!)
  16. Lowers blood fat (what the heck, I didn’t know there is fat in our blood!)
  17. Anti-tumor benefits
  18. Cancer: Mangos teen helps in the prevention of cancer with its powerful anti-oxidants.
  19. Lowers blood pressure
  20. Numerous references to “Immunostimulants”
  21. Blood sugar lowering
  22. It tastes good thought to me, holy smokes!

Who in the world would buy that? What are mangos teen? I have never heard of it nor have the slightest idea what it looks like. Upon further research, the mangos teen (Garcia mangostana) is a tropical evergreen tree, believed to have originated in the Sundae Islands and the Moluccas. The tree grows from 7 to 25 meters tall. The edible fruit is deep reddish purple when ripe. In Asia, the mangos teen fruit is known as the “Queen of Fruits,” while the durian (Dario spp.) is known as the “King of Fruits.”

It is closely related to other edible tropical fruits such as button mangos teen and lemon drop mangos teen. The outer shell of the fruit is rather hard, typically 4-6 cm in diameter. Cutting through the shell, one finds a white, fleshy fruit 3-5 cm in diameter. Depending on the size and ripeness, there may or may not be pits in the segments of the fruit.

The number of fruit pods is directly related to the number of petals on the bottom of the shell. On average a mangos teen has 5 fruits (round up figure). I have eaten a lot of exotic fruits in my life, including the King of Fruits – durian, but I have never seen or tasted this Queen of Fruits.  I bought the $30 bottle from my coworker and chucked down the mangos teen juice.  I do feel more energetic for the rest of day, and I will have to let you know in the near future if it will help lose some weight!