WAYS TO EAT MORE VEGETABLES
Including vegetables in your diet is extremely important. Veggies are incredibly rich in nutrients and antioxidants, which boost your health and help fight off disease. Additionally, they are beneficial for weight control due to their low calorie content.
Health authorities around the world recommend that adults consume several servings of vegetables each day, but this can be difficult for some people. Some find it inconvenient to eat vegetables, while others are simply unsure how to prepare them in an appetizing way. This article will cover 14 unique ways you can incorporate vegetables into your diet, so that you never get sick of eating them.
- Have veggies chopped and ready to eat, front and center in your fridge. It’s amazing how quickly (and eagerly!) you’ll reach for veggies when they’re ready to go. Put them in a little baggie for easy snacking. Pro tip: Buy or make hummus, guacamole and your favorite dressings for dipping. Veggies are exponentially more delicious with a good dip. Chop up your favorite veggie and snack away!
- Spiralized veggies! I have the Inspiralizer and it’s seriously the best for making vegetable noodles! You can spiralize so many veggies – I usually reach for zucchini, sweet potato, and bell peppers. Think of any veggie and there’s a high chance you can spiralize it. I love to swap out traditional noodles for veggie “noodles” but you can also get super creative with them.
- Salads. You knew this was coming didn’t you? Yup… I love my salads, even for breakfast. Salad doesn’t have to be boring and bland!
- Riced veggies. Similar to spiralized veggies, you can “rice” a ton of vegetables. I’ve started to find rice veggies at more and more grocery stores in the refrigerated or frozen vegetable section, but you can also easily make your own in the food processor. Chop cauliflower, broccoli or sweet potato into tiny pieces and swap in for rice in practically any recipe. I find myself making cauliflower fried rice often!
- Graters aren’t just for cheese anymore! Get out your grater and grate up some veggies! Grate broccoli stems for broccoli slaw, grate carrots for a delicious carrot slaw or salad topping – almost any cruciferous veggie will work! This apple cider vinegar coleslaw is a great place to start (and perfect to take to a cookout!).
- Soups. Come fall and winter,I love how easy it is to pack a ton of vegetables into a soup and I love making a family-sized soup so I can have easy meals for the whole week (or stick leftovers in the freezer for another day when I have less time to cook!).
- Smoothies. Does anyone else’s love of smoothies come and go in phases? I feel like I make them every day for a month straight and then don’t crave one for months! I probably don’t have to tell you that smoothies are a great way to pack a ton of nutrients and vegetables into a meal or a snack. Feel free to keep it as simple or get as creative as you want! You can make green smoothies with your favorite leafy greens, smoothies with sweet potatoes or cauliflower rice, zucchini smoothies… so many options.
- Frozen vegetables in steamer bags. I love keeping them on hand for when I’m in a pinch. Pro tip: you don’t have to microwave them – just pop them out of the bag and steam them right on the stovetop!
- Frozen veggies. There’s no shame in frozen vegetables! I love keeping them on hand for when I run out of fresh veggies or am in a pinch for time. Pro tip: you can roast frozen veggies in the oven!
- Kale chips. Even if you’re a kale hater, try kale chips. There are so many ways to season kale chips, I’m willing to bet you can find a recipe that you like! I’m obsessed with these spicy and cheesy kale chips!
- Collard wraps and lettuce wraps. Instead of tortillas, try using collard greens or lettuce as a wrap! Need recipe ideas?
- Baked veggie fries. Yup, fries count as part of your vegetable intake. Best news ever, huh? My favorites are sweet potato fries and butternut squash fries. I usually just roast them in the oven, but lately I’ve been thinking about buying an air fryer so I can get them really crispy.
- Chips. Gosh, I am a chip lover. Lucky for me, I can enjoy as many chips as I want when I make them out of veggies! Similar to fries, you can make a ton of different veggies into chips, just slice thinly and dehydrate or roast in your oven! I love using regular potatoes or sweet potatoes to make veggie chips. The perfect snack!
- I saved the best for last in my opinion: veggies in desserts. You heard that right: vegetables can add an amazing consistency and flavor to many desserts! I have several options on my blog, like these sweet potato brownie bites, zucchini bread, avocado ice cream, avocado truffles and carrot cake, but also have avocado brownies on my list of things to try. Mmm!
There are many unique ways you can include more vegetables in your diet. Make “rice” and “buns” with vegetables, or incorporate them into common dishes, such as casseroles and soups. By making veggies a regular part of your eating habits, you’ll significantly increase your intake of fiber, nutrients and antioxidants. Eating enough vegetables is also associated with a reduced risk of heart disease and cancer, and may be beneficial for weight control. At the end of the day, you can’t go wrong eating more veggies.
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