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2/24/98  Curried vegetable omelet. Phoby Jim Frost-Sun-Times....SS Neg No. 98-02-445

2/24/98 Curried vegetable omelet. Photo by Jim Frost-Sun-Times....SS Neg No. 98-02-445

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Updated: January 6, 2013 9:25AM

With the average American getting only about two servings of veggies each day, breakfast is a crucial place to make sure you’re meeting your veggie mark. Here are some mouthwatering ways to get vegetables in your breakfast each day.

Green smoothie

Green smoothies have risen in popularity ever since celebrity health gurus like Dr. Oz have started touting their benefits. Aside from their fame appeal, green smoothies really are good! Dark leafy greens, which are high in vitamin A, can easily be blended in fruit smoothies as a way to pack more nutrients into your breakfast beverage. Your drink will be green but it won’t taste like you’re drinking a salad.

Veggie scramble

If you’re making an egg for breakfast, why not add some sauteed veggies? Their crunch and color will appeal to your eyes and taste buds. Scrambles are a great place to use up leftover vegetables from last night’s dinner, and you can toss in fresh herbs for a flavor and antioxidant punch. Take your scramble to go by rolling it up into a breakfast burrito.

Veggie muffins

Muffins can be made healthier by cramming them with shredded carrots or zucchini.

Pumpkin pancakes

Kick off your weekend with a pumpkin-pancake breakfast. Add a generous 1/3 cup scoop of canned pumpkin to your pancake batter and a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg. You’ll have pancakes that taste like pumpkin pie with a boost of fiber and vitamin A.

Sweet potato hash

Just like the veggie scramble, hashes are a great place to use up leftover vegetables. Keep the skin on your potatoes to retain most of the fiber, which fills you up without filling you out. Scripps Howard

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