Although fruits and vegetables help make our body healthy and prolong our lives, not many people like eating them. If you’re one of them who don’t eat much fruits and vegetables, you’re not alone. When you look on at the food pyramid, you might thought that five servings seems almost impossible! However, there are seven creative ways to add vegetables into your diet.
1. Add them to your eggs. Spinach, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, peppers, asparagus and a whole number of vegetables taste absolutely fantastic with eggs. Scramble them up for a healthy breakfast or serve them in an omelet. You can get up to two servings of vegetables taken care of right at breakfast.
2. Add them to your sandwich. Do you like guacamole? Add it to your turkey sandwich instead of mayo and you have a serving of vegetables. Add a slice of lettuce and a tomato to sandwiches and burgers.
3. Grab a veggie drink. Make sure it is a low sodium drink. This isn’t the ideal way to get your vegetables but in a pinch or on a particularly busy day it can help you get what you need.
4. Precut veggies and make them easy to snack on. Carrots, celery, peppers, broccoli and a number of other vegetables are easy to prepare in advance. Grab your favorite dip or hummus and snack on vegetables when you’re at work or just sitting in front of the television.
5. Eat a salad a day. It’s easy to make sure you eat a salad at lunch or dinner and one salad can provide two servings of vegetables. If you add a bit of protein to the salad like chicken, tofu, turkey or eggs then you have a complete meal.
6. Puree vegetables and add them to sauces and baked goods. You’d be surprised what you can do with a pureed vegetable. Applesauce for example, without the added sugar, can be added to muffins and fruit breads instead of oil. Pureed cauliflower can be added to mashed potatoes and you can puree squash and add it to a number of soups and sauces.
7. Eat vegetable soups and use veggie based sauces. Vegetable soups are very satisfying and they can provide you with a serving or more of vegetables. For even more nutrition make sure the soup is made with a vegetable broth instead of beef or chicken. And sauces can be made from squash, tomatoes and herbs like basil for a tasty pasta topping.
When you take a look at your options, eating five servings of vegetables each day isn’t that tough. Make it easier on yourself and make eating vegetables convenient. Think ahead, make sure there are plenty of easy to access vegetable options, including frozen vegetables, and have fun with it. Vegetables can and do taste good and they’re good for you.