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7 Ways to Add More Vegetables to Your Diet

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Explore the store. Challenge yourself to experiment with one new fruit, vegetable, bean, or other plant-based food every week. This will force you out of your comfort zone (in a good way!) and allow you to try new recipes.
Mix it up. “But what about protein?” There’s a reason vegetarians and vegans get this question all the time: Animal products contain all nine essential amino acids needed to build protein. Plant-based foods? Only quinoa and soy can make that claim. In order to get enough complete proteins in your diet, combine a variety of foods: Mix and match beans and rice, lentils and chickpeas, and meat substitutes, like tofu or seitan.
Hold the meat, please! I didn’t become vegan overnight. Take baby steps. Pick one meal a week to go plant-based or vegetarian—or a full day if you’re feeling adventurous, like a Meatless Monday. If you don’t trust your veggie cooking skills (yet), turn to the pros. Order the veggie or vegan option at a restaurant to expand your palate and come up with new ideas for your own menus.

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