30 Ways to Sneak More Fruits & Vegetables Into Your Diet

We all know that fruits and vegetables are an important part of our diet, but sometimes it can be difficult to come up with ways to work them in to our daily meals.  MediLodge of Yale‘s dietary team have come up with some clever and unique ways to work them in to our diet.  If you have any great ideas, we’d love to hear from you in the comments!

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1. Add blueberries to pancakes, waffles, or muffin batter

2. Mix raisins, diced apple, or dried apricots into oatmeal

3. Add peppers, onions, spinach, broccoli, or shredded carrots to a morning omelet

4. Make a smoothie with fruit, low-fat yogurt, and ice

5. Add peppers and onions to hash browns, and serve with a little ketchup on the side

6. Top a toasted waffle with warmed applesauce


Lunch & Dinner

7. Top a pizza with mushrooms, peppers, onions, or pineapple

8. Put a slice of avocado on a regular sandwich

9. Add mushrooms, peppers, onions, or diced carrots to spaghetti sauce

10. Place a few slices of tomato on a grilled cheese sandwich

11. Add some extra mixed vegetables to soup

12. Add celery, onions, carrots, or peppers to meat loaf

13. Place sliced bananas on a peanut butter sandwich instead of jam

14. Add apples, grapes, or raisins to chicken salad

15. Spread some cranberry sauce on a turkey sandwich

16. Top pork chops with apples, pears, or raisins

17. Roast fish under a layer of lemon, orange, or lime slices

18. Add layers of frozen spinach or eggplant to lasagna


Sides and Snacks

19. Top a baked potato with salsa

20. Replace half of the oil in a recipe with applesauce when baking

21. Slice a sweet potato, toss with a little olive oil, season as you wish, and bake to make sweet potato chips

22. Add mandarin oranges or diced pears when making Jell-O® salad

23. Mix dried fruit with almonds, and add few M&M’s®

24. Stir fresh fruit and granola into yogurt

25. Use broccoli or diced pepper in macaroni and cheese

26. Blend cooked cauliflower into mashed potatoes



27. Choose fruit sorbet instead of ice cream

28. Enjoy a baked apple stuffed with raisins and topped with a drizzle of caramel sauce

29. Dip strawberries in chocolate syrup and top with low-fat whipped cream

30. Roast pears with honey and a sprinkling of ginger.


From the desk of Charlene Wheaton (CDM) and Chef Bob

MediLodge of Yale


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