Holy nutrients! Vegetables are awesome. These tasty suckers have so many health benefits, make you feel good and might even cut down your risk of developing chronic diseases.
Some people don’t think vegetables taste too awesome or they take too long to prepare, so here’s a list of simple ways to increase your veggie intake:
1. Try a stir-fry. Stir-fries are great because they can be so easy and flavorful! If you don’t feel like taking the time to cut up vegetables, you can even buy a bag of frozen stir-fry mixed vegetables that are ready to go. Add a little protein and a simple sauce, and voila, you have a tasty, nutritious meal!
2. Wash and cut up a bunch of vegetables ahead of time. It’s easy to snack on raw vegetables or add them to a salad if they’re ready to go.
3. Cook your vegetables in a new way. Try grilling zucchini, mushrooms, asparagus or peppers. How about roasting some cauliflower and broccoli? Play around with seasonings, too!
4. Try vegetable steamer packs. Pop them in the microwave for a few minutes and they’re ready. I do this when I’m running short on time, and sometimes I’ll season with a little salt and pepper.
5. Make soup. These are two of my favorites that use a decent amount of vegetables: Chicken Detox Soup and Italian Sausage and Orzo Soup. Another tip: making soup is a great way to use up vegetables that are about to spoil.
6. Add vegetables to an omelet or a casserole. Try this Egg Bake recipe and load it up with veggies!
7. Order a side of steamed, grilled or raw vegetables or a side salad when eating out. Even if it’s not shown this way on the menu, try asking to substitute some vegetables for chips or fries.
8. Take a look at my Favorite Recipe Fridays. I try to incorporate vegetables into most of my dishes.
9. When you can, buy seasonably. Visit a Farmers Market, grow your own or plan meals based on what you’ll find at the grocery story. In season vegetables are usually priced well and taste delicious!
10. Blend some veggies into a smoothie. Add a cup of spinach, and besides the color, you probably won’t notice much of a difference. Squash, cauliflower, kale, beets, cucumber and broccoli are a few others that work well, too!