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USDA Nutrition Guidelines

Setting Vegetable Goals

Tasty Vegetable Combinations
To help you eat fewer calories, replace fat-based toppings with fresh or dried herbs and spices. Experiment to find combinations you like. Here are a few traditional favorites to get you started.
  • Beets -- Cinnamon, cloves

  • Broccoli -- Lemon juice, dry mustard, toasted sesame seeds

  • Brussels sprouts -- Lemon juice, marjoram

  • Cabbage -- Cumin, sage

  • Carrots -- Dill, ginger, nutmeg

  • Cauliflower -- Parsley, paprika

  • Corn -- Garlic, chili powder, parsley, paprika

  • Greens (spinach, kale, chard) -- Garlic, marjoram, cinnamon

  • Peas -- Oregano, tarragon

  • Pea pods or snow peas -- Lemon juice, garlic

  • Peppers --Garlic, tomato sauce

  • Potatoes -- Paprika, parsley, garlic, chives

  • Summer squash (zucchini, crookneck) -- Basil, garlic, oregano

  • Sweet potatoes -- Cinnamon, cloves, ginger

  • Turnips or parsnips -- Orange juice, ginger, parsley,

  • Tomatoes -- Basil, marjoram, oregano

  • Winter squash (acorn, Hubbard, butternut) -- Allspice, cinnamon, oregano, toasted sage leaves

Now that you know how to include more veggies in your diet, take a moment to set an effective goal or two. They might be as easy as this:

  • Starting tomorrow, I will take a baggie of veggies to have with my sandwich at least three days this week. I'll eat them instead of chips on those days.
  • I will eat a salad AND a steamed vegetable with dinner four nights this week.

Vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet. Incorporating them into your daily routine is just a matter of planning and preparation. Another source of good nutrition is the long-time companion of vegetables: fruit. We'll discuss fruit's role in your diet in the next section.

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