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You know it's important to wash fresh fruits and vegetables before eating them. Have you wondered about whether it's necessary to use soap or cleaning sprays? It isn't. Running water and a little scrubbing should adequately remove dirt and germs from fresh produce.
Try this new way to enjoy fresh vegetables. In a bowl, add 1 sliced cucumber, 2/3 cup cooked barley, 1 cup corn and 3/4 cup chopped red bell peppers. Stir in the following dressing: 3 tablespoons white vinegar, 1 tablespoon water, 1 1/2 teaspoon oil, 1/2 teaspoon dried basil and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Marinate for at least 2 hours before serving. It's the perfect amount for two to share.
Want a new lunch idea? Try pita bread stuffed with fresh veggies. In a small bowl, toss together chopped cauliflower and broccoli florets, sliced green onions, diced tomatoes and cucumbers. Cut a whole-wheat pita in half and fill each side with the vegetables and 1 tablespoon crumbled feta cheese. Warm the pita in the microwave for about 40 seconds. Top with 1 1/2 teaspoons low-fat ranch salad dressing.
Legumes are low in fat and high in fiber. Common legumes include beans, peas and lentils. Here are some tips for adding these nutritional powerhouses to your diet: 1. Add beans, peas or lentils to soups, stews, and casseroles. 2. Use pureed beans as the basis for dips and spreads. 3. Add chickpeas or black beans to salads. 4. Snack on a handful of soy nuts rather than on chips or crackers.