Healthy Fruit and Vegetable Meal Tips
- Don't let your family's hectic school year schedule get in the way of healthy eating. Pack Del Monte® Fruit Cups® and spoons in your car for a quick snack on the way to practices, play dates or the office.
- Need an extra boost in the afternoon? Instead of reaching for a cup of coffee, try some fruit and yogurt and a quick walk around the office or the block.
- Fit more fruit into your family's diet by substituting fruit for less healthy options — choose fruit cups instead of baked goods for a sweet snack; choose a fruit smoothie instead of a milkshake; use applesauce in place of oil in baked goods.
- Top Sun Fresh® Red Grapefruit slices with brown sugar and cinnamon and place under the broiler until sugar melts and grapefruit is warm.
- Try fruit on your salad. Almost any fruit will work — pears, mandarin oranges, peaches, apples or strawberries. When using canned fruit, save the juice to make a tasty vinaigrette.
- For a tasty dessert, try a bowl of baked Del Monte Sliced Pears and top with almonds and low-fat yogurt.
- Fruit isn't just for dessert or snack-time. Try meat dishes that incorporate fruit, such as chicken with Del Monte Apricots or mango chutney.
Vegetables and Tomatoes
- A hearty soup is perfect for fall and winter. Boost your vegetable intake by adding a can of Del Monte Spinach or Green Beans to your favorite soup.
- Are your kids eating their veggies? Give them a choice for dinner and then have them help you with simple preparation, letting them open the can or put the vegetables in pan to cook. Getting kids involved will entice them.
- Fit more vegetables into your family's diet by substituting veggies for less healthy options — in casseroles, add vegetables like Del Monte Whole Kernel Corn or spaghetti squash in place of starches such as rice or pasta; use pureed vegetables as a thickener for soups or gravies.
- Need a quick side dish for dinner? Mix a can of Del Monte Peas and Carrots into brown rice and add your favorite chopped nuts for a quick rice pilaf.
- If cornbread is on the menu, mix in a can of Del Monte Whole Kernel Corn to boost your vegetable intake and add extra fiber.
- For a quick weeknight dinner, mix cooked chicken or shrimp with Del Monte Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic and Oregano.
- For tastier, healthier vegetables, sauté them in chicken broth, rather than butter or oil.
- Decorate plates or serving dishes with vegetable slices.
- Veggies aren't just for dinner. Next time your scrambling eggs for the brunch, and some diced tomatoes, onions or peppers.