Have you ever looked at the food pyramid and thought, “Ugh, there’s no way I can eat that many fruits and veggies?” If you have, you’re not alone. That five servings seems almost impossible some days. Here are seven creative ways to add vegetables into your diet.
Add vegetables 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. I love making my Potato, Sausage, and Broccoli Casserole. Even though my youngest isn’t fond of vegetables, this is an easy way for me to get him to enjoy them!
Add them to your sandwiches
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.
Try a veggie drink
Make sure the drink you choose 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.
Prep your veggies ahead of time
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.
Enjoy a salad
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. Here are a few different salads that you could try:
Puree vegetables for sauces and baked goods
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.
Vegetable soup and veggie-based sauces
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.