I’m sure if I mentioned that you’re supposed to get 8-10 servings of fruits and vegetables every day for optimal health benefits, you wouldn’t say, “Gee Shelli, I never heard that before!”
Yet when I read the nutrition journals of new clients, often they are not even getting close to that number.
So here are what I think might be the simplest ways to get MORE vegetables into your diet.
- Mix Veggies in Omelets & Casseroles – We just don’t enjoy the taste of every vegetable. If that’s the case for you with say broccoli, a good way to disguise the taste is to use it in omelets or casseroles. This is a great way to get the kids to eat their veggies, too!
- Use Raw Veggies as a Late Night Snack – We all get late night cravings. A great way to satisfy those cravings is with raw veggies. They are very low in calories, high in fiber, and have a negligible impact on blood sugar and insulin. And if you’re not crazy about plain raw vegetables, dip or put a small bit of nut butter on them.
- Puree then Mix – Put your veggies into the food processor, puree, and then mix the puree into ground beef or ground turkey. Use this idea for meatloaf, burgers, taco meat, or any other recipe calling for ground meat.
- Drink your Veggies – Taking a high quality greens supplement is perhaps the easiest way to get the antioxidant and phytochemical benefit of multiple servings of fruits and veggies without having to eat a huge salad with every meal. You can also use greens like spinach in your smoothies. Green smoothies are great.
Try these and see what you think. More veggies equals better health!