Easy Ways to Add More Vegetables to your Diet
We all know that we are supposed to eat a diet full of fruits and veggies every day. According to the dietary guidelines for Americans we should be eating between 5 and 13 servings per day. This equals between 2 ½ cups and 6 ½ cups depending on your weight and activity level.
I think it’s safe to assume that most of us don’t eat that many servings of vegetables every day.
I find it easy to snack on fruit because I love fruit and anything sweet tasting for that matter but veggies can be more difficult. I like the taste of most vegetables but with fruit you don’t normally have to do any prep. You can simply grab an apple from the fruit bowl and eat.
Vegetables on the other hand usually involve some sort of cooking or chopping.
In my quest to increase my daily vegetable intake I have come up with these tips to help you include more vegetables in your diet
Have a green smoothie for breakfast. Try blending a cup of spinach into your morning smoothie to add 2-3 servings of greens to your diet.
You can also add a scoop of green powder to your smoothie to increase your intake.
Take your veggies on the go. Carrot or celery sticks typically don’t require too much prep. I buy baby carrot sticks already peeled and washed celery can be washed and quickly cut up.
Stash your veggies in little sandwich baggies for healthy snack on the go.
A big salad is a great way to increase you vegetable servings. Mason jar salads have been trending on Pinterest for a few years now.
You can make a delicious salad with leafy greens, peppers, tomatoes and cucumber. Make it the night before and bring homemade oil and vinegar dressing when you are at work or school.
Dinnertime is when most people eat their veggies, usually as a side salad or a side dish or broccoli or brussels sprouts. An easy way to sneak more veggies into your diet is to add them to your casseroles, stews and chili recipes. You can blend them first and add them as a puree or simply double the amount the recipe calls for.
Another way to add veggies at dinner time is to make a delicious homemade vegetable soup.
Homemade soup is so good for you and you can add veggies to all sorts of soup recipes like this chicken soup recipe.
I know what you are thinking. Veggies for dessert? That’s gross. There are certain recipes that you can add vegetable puree’s to like this recipe for zucchini brownies. You can puree all sorts of veggies like spinach and carrots and add them to your baked goods. Your kids will never know!
How do you add more veggies to your diet? Let me know in the comments!