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Eat More Vegetables Challenge Day 9: Start Your Meal with This Veggie-Packed Dish to Eat More Produce and Fewer Calories

By Gretel H. Schueller, July 1, 2013 - 10:23am

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Eat More Vegetables Challenge Day 9: Start Your Meal with This Veggie-Packed Dish to Eat More Produce and Fewer Calories

Filling up on fiber- and water-rich foods at the beginning of a meal can help prevent you from eating too much high-calorie fare later. Research out of Penn State shows that eating a first-course salad can reduce overall calorie intake at a meal by up to 12 percent. A small side salad is an easy way to work more nutritious vegetables into your diet. But not the kind of salad with a leaf of iceberg, loads of croutons and heavy dressing. Start with a salad of greens as the foundation, then add an assortment of vegetables for crunch, flavor and color. The more colors of vegetables you add, the more disease-fighting nutrients you get. Here are more than 40 ideas to make an almost endless variety of tasty, wholesome salads: How to Make a Healthy Side Salad.

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For more tips and recipes, visit our Eat More Vegetables Challenge page.

TAGS: Gretel H. Schueller, Health Blog, Eat More Vegetables Challenge, Health, Nutrition

Gretel H. Schueller
Gretel H. Schueller is an award-winning journalist and book author. A graduate of New York University's Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program, she’s put her master's in journalism to good use. While on assignment, she has eaten backyard weeds, harvested cactus buds in an Arizona desert and made goat cheese in Greece.

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