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What’s for dinner? That’s the challenge for many modern moms. Getting off work at 6ish (if you’re lucky) and heading to the market to pick up food may not be fun after a long day of work.
Even if you run out of time to grocery shop, you don’t need to head to a fast food joint every time. With careful meal planning during the weekend, you can provide healthy meals for the whole family that include enough colorful vegetables and fruits. For most families, having dinner at home usually takes place on weekdays. Therefore, the best time to do veggie-planning is on the weekends - and that’s when you can grocery shop and stock up on what you need for the rest of the week.
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4 Steps to Getting Enough Veggies For The Week
1. Include Root Vegetables

You may be skeptical to hear that grocery-shopping once to get 5-days’ worth of veggies. Yes it surely doesn’t work if you only shop green leafy vegetables; these fresh leaves will wilt fast and won’t stay fresh for more than 2 to 3 days in the fridge. Therefore, think beyond greens. Yes, do still shop for some green leafy veggies, but also include root vegetables such as pumpkin, carrot, potatoes, beetroot etc.
These colorful vegetables not only offer health benefits; the biggest advantage is that they can generally stay fresh for a longer period of time and they don’t always require refrigeration (depending on the weather, certainly). Therefore cook greens on Mondays and Tuesdays, and roots on Thursday and Fridays.
2. Try Salad Veggies 

Salad bags or boxes are convenient options when you don’t feel like cooking veggies. Most of these pre-packaged choices include a few varieties of vegetables within the same package. Bagged salad vegetables are usually pre-cut and pre-washed, therefore can be served right away.
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3. Stock Frozen

Yes, frozen veggies are not fresh, but they are just as nutritious as fresh! Now you may think - no way because frozen veggies are boring! Well, there are a lot more choices than the traditional tri-color of carrots, corn and peas! Look for frozen pumpkin, zucchini, edamame, broccoli, and more!
4. Don’t Forget Drinks

Drinks can be a source of freshness, and DIY is the best way to go. If you have a food processor or a blender at home, you can make an awesome smoothie with fresh or frozen berries. Alternately, if you have a juicer, you can prepare homemade juice from fresh produce such as apples, celery, beetroot and more.
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Written by Canadian Registered Dietitian Gloria Tsang Yan-Yan

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