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It’s true, we all need to up our veggie intake tremendously. It’s amazing at how many of our children don’t even know what veggies are.

In today’s world we have made meat and starch our main sources of food for so long that we are missing out on important, even crucial, phytonutrients that only plants can give us.

Many of our children are obese and, let’s admit it, so are we. By some estimates more than 60 percent of us could be classified as obese. It is truly an epidemic.

Thankfully, this problem can easily be remedied by simply adding in more vegetables to our diets.

Unfortunately, many of us are reluctant.

But, there are easy ways to get in more veggies:

Classic mac and cheese can get a makeover in an instant and most people won’t even notice, but they will notice that it tastes extra special.

Now, it would be best if you made homemade mac and cheese and not the boxed chemically enhanced variety, but it can work either way.

Simply shred 1 Cup of yellow squash per serving and stir into the macaroni and cheese before baking. Another sneaky way is to purchase noodles made from veggies!

Any Italian noodle dish can be veganized by pureeing any number of veggies but especially zucchini, carrots, yellow squash, and bell peppers.

Try using your food processor or a magic bullet personal blender to blend any of the veggies to mush, and then simply add them in a little at a time to your typical sauce to see how it tastes.

With lasagna you can even add in sliced veggies of any kind and everyone will still love it.

If you normally eat scrambled eggs for breakfast, there’s no need to make a difficult omelet to add in veggies.

Shred or chop onion, green pepper, tomato, spinach, zucchini, broccoli, herbs and spices, and pretty much any kind of squash and sauté before putting into the eggs for a beautiful and delicious change of pace for your morning.

You can do it all in one pan, sauté the veggies first, then pour the eggs over the veggies.

We all eat “veggie fried rice” from time to time, but how many veggies does it really have? At the store you can buy in the fresh section broccoli slaw mix. Try adding that to your veggie stir fry next time to up the content of veggies, and the flavor.

Simply stir fry all the veggies first, then toss in the rice. If you use brown rice and less oil you’ll have an even healthier treat without losing out on flavor.

If you like to make breads or muffins you can always up the vegetable quota by adding in some shredded veggies to the batter. Shredded or pureed carrots, or zucchini taste extra good in spiced muffins. And believe it or not you can put them in brownies too, if you puree them.

It’s a great way to get in an extra serving of veggies without even noticing. Never go without your five servings of veggies again if you’re sneaky.

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Dee is an Adv. Certified Aromatherapist, Reiki Master, Adv. Color/Crystal Therapist, Herbalist, Dr. of Reflexology and single mom who is dedicated to helping others any way she can.

One way she chooses to help is by offering information on the benefits and uses of natural health and healing methods for the well-being of both people and pets.