% Skip the iceberg lettuce and fill your refrigerator crisper with greens that are more nutrient dense, such as romaine, spinach and Swiss chard.
% Carrots and beets are good sources of vitamin A; bell peppers, broccoli, cabbage and tomatoes add vitamin C.
% Cooked beans and lentils are low fat protein sources.
% Venture beyond pasta to brown rice, barley, couscous, bulgur and quinoa. All of these grains are flavorful, easy to prepare and filling.
% Turn a salad into a main dish by adding two ounces of a lean protein. Try skinless chicken or turkey, broiled lean beef, salmon or water packed tuna, nonfat or part skim cheese. For an extra nutrition boost, skip the croutons and sprinkle on or stir in a few tablespoons of wheat germ. One serving, about two tablespoons, of wheat germ has eight essential vitamins and minerals, dietary fiber and 50 calories. Discover wheat germ's naturally nutty flavor and crunchy texture.
From the files of Al Rice, North Pole Alaska. Feb 1994
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