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Fruit fits easily into breakfast, but vegetables can be a challenge.

Here are some tips to help you wake up your kid’s fruit and vegetable appetite:

• Stir things up. For a quick breakfast, add raisins or chopped dates to instant oatmeal, or stir blueberries, strawberries or sliced banana into whole-grain cereal with fat-free milk.

• Get scrambling! Add fresh or frozen chopped spinach, mushrooms and diced tomatoes to scrambled eggs or omelets. Really, any veggies will work!

• Make a breakfast sandwich. Top a whole-wheat English muffin with either reduced-fat peanut butter and banana slices, or hummus, sliced cucumbers, tomato and fresh spinach.

• Batter up. Add grated carrots or zucchini to pancake, quick bread or muffin batt er.

• Drink your produce. Whir carrots and fresh orange juice in a blender for a refreshing breakfast beverage.

• Say “Ole!” Make a breakfast burrito by wrapping low-fat cheddar cheese, scrambled eggs and diced bell peppers in a whole-wheat tortilla. You also can make a vegetable-and-cheese quesadilla in a nonstick pan with a scant amount of canola oil.

• Pick a fruit pizza. Spread reduced-fat dinner rolls in a pizza pan and bake. Top the pizza with orange sections or slices of kiwi, apples or strawberries, and drizzle fat­ free vanilla yogurt over the top.

• Make a quick white or sweet potato hash. Grate the potatoes-they cook faster that way. Place the potatoes in a glass bowl and microwave about three minutes or until hot; drain any juice. Heat a skillet or frying pan on the stove and then stir­ fry the potatoes with a teaspoon of olive oil until crispy.

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