If there is one piece of advice I tell EVERYONE, it is Eat More Vegetables!
There are tons and tons of “diets” out there these days, but what almost all of them have in common is that they recommend eating more veggies. Vegetables are that common denominator of what makes a healthy diet. There are great health benefits of adding more veggies, but I’ll get into that in a different post. This post is all about how to increase your veggie intake on a daily basis. Start using these tricks tomorrow and you’ll be increasing your nutrient and fiber intake, and feeling better as a result!
Fruit and Veggie Smoothie: Instead of the common too-sweet fruit smoothie, add some veggies in there! Greens like spinach and kale are mild in flavor and you won’t even notice them! Cucumber or frozen zucchini is also great to add some creamy veggie goodness without a strong veggie flavor. Avocado is also a great addition for healthy fats and extra creaminess!
Veggie Scramble: If you’re looking for a warmer option, how about a scramble? I prefer mine made with tofu, but if you are making scrambled eggs or an omelet you can always add veggies! Fresh or frozen greens, broccoli, carrots, zucchini, squash, onions, garlic, peppers, sweet potato, or tomatoes are just a few of the options!
Veggie Hash: Roasted veggies are great for breakfast! Instead of just the popular white potato, try roasting sweet potato, winter squashes, carrots, parsnips, beets, or any other root veggies!
Soup: Add veggies to any soup! Premade or homemade, you can always add extra veggies! Frozen vegetables are always easy to add while the soup heats up, and if you’ve got produce in the fridge that is on its way out, soup is a great way to use it up!
Add-on to your Sandwich: Don’t you dare take off that lettuce and tomato on your sandwich! In fact, you should add more! Lettuce, tomato, pickles, sauerkraut, onion, sprouts, radish slices or shredded carrots are all great sandwich and burger additions! Bonus if you eat a side salad with it!
Veggies and dip: Baby carrots and cucumber sticks with hummus is one of my favorite snacks! Easy and portable too! Colorful peppers, celery, broccoli and cauliflower are also great for dipping!
Fruit and Veggie Smoothie: Same recommendation as breakfast, but for a midday snack!
Kale Chips or Kale Popcorn: Dehydrated kale chips can be a fun and healthy snack! And check out here for a yummy “kale-dusted” popcorn recipe.
In my opinion, dinner is the easiest to “add” veggies to because I like to think you’re already having at least some veggie portion to your dinner already. The easiest thing to do? ADD MORE!
Add a second Veggie Side: choose another veggie, and eat that too. My favorites for inspiration: roasted garlicky kale, mashed cauliflower, corn and black bean salad, broccoli salad, and sauteed baby bok choy!
Serve your Dinner on top of Greens: many proteins and veggie dishes go great on top of greens!
Add Veggies or Greens to your Pasta or Rice Dish: peas, broccoli, corn, tomatoes, and all kinds of greens can be added into rice, casseroles, and pasta dishes. Just start throwing them in by the handful!
Overall, it is best to add more of veggies you like and you’ll eat. No point in adding a bunch of veggies that you’ll just pick around and not actually consume. That said, I do encourage you to try new veggies when possible! Adding extra veggies to a pasta sauce or chopped up fine in a soup or dish is a good way to introduce new veggies. Experiment! Anything that gets you to eat more veggies is great!
So what works for you? How do you add more veggies?