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July 1, 2013 - 9:30am

Even the biggest veggie-phobe will munch down when you offer a delicious dip with crunchy spears of fresh vegetables. Carrots, celery and peppers take on a whole new taste when dunked with a little dip—OK, for some of you perhaps drowned in dip. It’s all good, if the veggies get eaten. And when you pick one of EatingWell’s healthy dip recipes, you really can’t go wrong. (Plus, with our Creamy Spinach Dip Recipe, even the dip has veggies!)

A 2011 Temple University Study found that adding a small amount of dip to a serving of vegetables helped children eat more of them. The study, published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, found that offering 2.5 ounces of ranch dressing as a dip increased broccoli consumption by 80 percent. Go dip!

So go ahead and...

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July 1, 2013 - 9:14am

Whether you just never developed a taste for a certain vegetable—or as a child you were forced to eat bland, mushy peas or a mountain of overcooked Brussels sprouts (memories you’re still holding onto)—there’s still hope for you to learn to love new vegetables.

It may not be the taste of Brussels sprouts, cauliflower or broccoli you hate, but the smell. Cooking cruciferous vegetables releases sulfurous compounds (the same compounds that deliver cancer-fighting benefits). Try steaming them or roasting them, which releases the smelliest compounds, and then eat them in a room away from the kitchen. Looking for other ways to transform your taste buds? Try these other tips: Retrain Your Cravings: 5 Ways to Learn to Love Healthier Foods...

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July 1, 2013 - 7:00am

Simplify healthy meal planning by filling half your plate with veggies. That’s an easy way to know you’ll get the recommended amount of vegetables each day without worrying about the math.

How many baby carrots are in a cup? How much broccoli equals a serving? Confused and overwhelmed by keeping track of cups or serving sizes?

Photos: What Is a Serving of Vegetables?

Even the most well-versed nutrition professionals don’t have all the measurements memorized. Eating healthier would be easier if there were a simple image of what veggie-rich eating looks like. There is!

Simplify by filling half your plate with vegetables at each meal. Imagine a dinner plate and divide it in half. Fill one half with...

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July 1, 2013 - 7:00am

There are plenty of ways to slip a few extra vegetables into your meals without changing the flavor and putting off picky eaters. Here are a few ideas:

You can tuck spinach or broccoli into creamy dishes like stuffed shells or macaroni and cheese or incorporate mild vegetables into a beloved dish where they’ll be dominated by other flavors.

Recipe of the Day: Spinach & Cheese Stuffed Shells

More Recipes to Try:
Baked Mac & Cheese
No-Bake Macaroni & Cheese

Finely shred or grate veggies like carrots or zucchini into meatloaf, pasta dishes or...

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April 22, 2013 - 4:57pm

Whether you enjoy smoothies for breakfast, a snack or even dessert, they’re a great way to increase your daily servings of fruits and vegetables. But depending on the ingredients they’re made with, smoothies can quickly turn into unhealthy calorie-bombs filled with sugar and saturated fat. And drinking too many high-calorie smoothies could counteract their health benefits and sabotage your efforts to stay—or get—slim.

Don't Miss: The Best & Worst Fast-Food Smoothies

The healthiest way to enjoy a smoothie is to make your own. Blending your own choice of ingredients assures you know how much of and what foods you are getting. Wondering how to make a smoothie? A good smoothie should contain a blend of...

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