You can eat on the run and still be healthy

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Your Health

By The Staff

    You know that eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is good for you, but you’re constantly on the go.

    You can fit fruits and veggies into your everyday routine. Fruits and vegetables can be a part of a balanced diet anytime, anywhere.

    Fruits and veggies are easy while on the go. Follow these simple tips to include more fruits and veggies into your time away from home.

On the Go with Fruits and Veggies:

    Blend a fruit smoothie or drink to take with you on your commute.

    Fresh fruits and veggies are nature’s original fast food. Stick a banana, apple, or celery stick in your bag for a quick, easy snack.

    When out at a restaurant, try vegetable stir fry, vegetable fajitas, veggie wraps, or vegetable soup.         When ordering a sandwich, ask for extra veggies such as lettuce, tomato, onions, sliced peppers or cucumbers.

    Order a side of veggies with your meal, or pick three or four veggies sides and create your own vegetable plate.

    Salads are a great way to get a variety of fruits and veggies. Choose a salad with low-fat dressing instead of fries (limit high calorie toppings like croutons).

    Roll it up: Make a fruit roll-up that travels anywhere. Start with tortillas and peanut butter then add your favorite fruits- fresh or dried.

On the Go with Kids:

    When ordering a kids meal, substitute fruit for the fries.

    Have your kids help you make a large batch of trail mix at home using seeds, nuts, and dried fruit. Store trail mix in small bags so they are ready to go at a moments notice.

    Ants on a log - Spread peanut butter on a piece of celery. Add raisins as ants and you have a fun, healthy treat.

    Here are two fun and great recipes to get your fruits and veggies in!!

Strawberry Yogurt Shake:

 Shakes are easy to prepare and will easily travel with you in cup. Make one on your way out the door to drink on the way to work.

1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice

1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt

1 1/2 cups frozen unsweetened strawberries

1 tsp granulated sugar (optional)

    Add ingredients in the order listed to a blender container.

    Puree at medium speed until thick and smooth.

    Pour into glass and enjoy. (Makes 2 servings)

Sun-Died Tomato Hummus:

    Hummus is a great item to take with you for lunch or for a snack.

    Bring along veggies, such as baby carrots, celery, and broccoli, to eat with the delicious hummus.

2 (15oz) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained

1/3 cup fat-free yogurt

1/2 cup tahini (sesame seed paste)

3 garlic cloves

1/2 cup chopped and drained sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil

1 tsp dried oregano leaves

2 tsp lemon juice

    Process garbanzo beans, yogurt, tahini, and garlic in food processor until smooth.

    Stir in sun-dried tomatoes and herbs; season to taste with lemon juice.

    Refrigerate two hours before serving and keep in cool container on the road. (Makes 8 servings)

    If you are looking for more recipes and great tips, please visit www.fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov.