Eating vegetables should be an important part of every person’s day. Veggies include nutrients, fiber and are naturally low in fat and calories. Most people don’t eat nearly enough…
Canada’s food guide suggests that veggies should take up half your plate with whole grains taking up one quarter and meat/meat alternatives completing the picture. Eating more vegetables can help protect you from some diseases and maintain a healthy body weight.
Knowing how important it is to eat veggies, how do we add more vegetables to our plates?
7 Sneaky Ways to Add More Vegetables to Your Day
Add spinach to your smoothie
This is one of my favourite ways to add vegetables to my morning. By putting spinach or kale into my smoothie I get an extra burst of vitamins, fiber and nutrients but don’t taste a thing. I usually add about a cup of leafy greens to my smoothie and then add in my fruit, nut milk etc.
This sneaky method even gets my very picky 5 year old to eat his greens.
Start your dinner with a salad
No matter what type of meal we’re having, E and I always start with a salad. It’s usually pretty simple with romaine lettuce or spinach (better for you than iceberg), tomatoes, carrots, peppers and cucumbers. Easy to throw in a bowl and eat. Adding these definitely increases our veggie intake for the day.
Choose a new veggie every week at the grocery store
I really enjoy trying new foods including new vegetables. I challenge you to try a new veggie each week. If you’re not sure how to make it, search Pinterest for ideas. Most vegetables are great roasted in the oven with some olive oil, herbs and a bit of salt. I’ve made root vegetables, zucchini, summer squash, butternut squash, broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts and many other types of vegetables using this simple method.