Family Friendly Recipes: Making It Easy to Get Half Your Plate Fruits and Veggies!

Posted on April 30, 2012 by rebeccascritchfield

I was recently on WBAL NBC sharing some recipe ideas for snacks and meals to help get 1/2 your plate fruits and veggies. If you’re like most Americans, you’re only getting 2 out of the recommended 6 servings every day.

These recipes are so easy and family-friendly — it’s barely cooking I promise! To view the entire segment click here.

Ants on a log: The classic that never goes out of style! Spread your favorite peanut butter on celery spears and top with California raisins for a snack packed with heart healthy fat, fiber and antioxidants. Plus raisins are dried in the sun naturally without any added sugar!

raisinapplepizzaFruit pizza: Top whole wheat pita with jam, diced apples, shredded cheese and raisins, then bake to melt. This is packed with calcium, fiber, antioxidants and has a sweet taste kids will love.

Spinach salad: For a quick lunch or weeknight dinner, top a spinach salad with canned tuna, shredded carrots and raisins. Tuna provides heart healthy fats and protein, while the raisins add sweetness along with vitamins and minerals.

Crustless quiche: You can add any of your favorite fresh or frozen veggies to a baked omelet. The more the better! Add flavor by using a butter alternative like I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter. It adds flavor with 70% less saturated fat than butter. Pair with a side salad and you’ve easily got 1/2 your plate veggies! Quiches are great any time of day or night, so make 1 at the beginning of the week and reheat during the week for a quick supper.

Veggies and hummus: Hummus is a great snack packed with protein and fiber. Instead of something starchy like crackers, try it with veggies like sugar snap peas, cherry tomatoes or sliced cucumber. It’s cool and refreshing, especially as it’s getting hot outside and it’s packed with nutrition.

Hopefully you’ll find some of these recipes just as tasty and will give them a try!

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