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“Eating a variety of veggies is the key to optimizing heart health,” says Melissa Ohlson, M.S., R.D., L.D., nutrition projects coordinator in the Preventive Cardiology and Rehabilitation Program at Cleveland Clinic. “Go for dark greens and vibrant yellows, oranges, and reds.”

It's easy to get the recommended daily servings of vegetables if you integrate chopped, sliced, and grated veggies into your meals. Rule of thumb: more color, more benefit. Consider these tasty tips:

- Toss grated carrots, spinach, sprouts, and/or cucumber slices into sandwiches.

- Add fresh, chopped, leafy greens or tomatoes to soups.

- Liven up coleslaw with shredded red cabbage and grated carrots.

- Turn a basic green salad into a mixture of colors with diced zucchini and yellow squash, broccoli florets, grated  beets, and julienne red or yellow peppers.

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Reprinted with permission from Vibrant Life, November/December 2007. Copyright © 2012 by GraceNotes. All rights reserved. Use of this material is subject to usage guidelines.

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