If there’s one thing that nutrition and health professionals (barring the carnivore dieters) can agree on is that we need to eat more vegetables. Most Americans are not getting enough in their diets. Vegetables offer us fiber, cancer-fighting antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, and just plain delicious-ness for our tastebuds!
Besides your dinner side salad or salad bar selection at lunch how else can you incorporate more veggies into your life?
Here are five easy strategies that you can try today!
- Add veggies to your breakfast. Yes, that’s right. Your breakfast! Vegetables aren’t only for salads or at dinner time. Load them up at the top of your day to get your cells singing with happiness! Include them in your smoothies, have a savory breakfast of eggs with a veggie saute, use sweet potato slices as a toast / bread replacement. The possibilities!
- Pack them into soups. Soups are an efficient way to pack in a variety of veggies. You can puree them for a smooth consistency and ease of digestion.
- Challenge yourself to make HALF your plate filled with veggies. I don’t mean a plate full of lettuce but try 3 different kinds of veggies. For example, raw leafy salad greens, grilled asparagus and sliced radishes. A structure you can follow can be raw leafy greens, a cooked vegetable and a crunchy raw veg. Challenge accepted?
- Take shortcuts. What often gets in the way of a well-intentioned purchase of produce is the washing and prepping of them. The easier we make it for us to grab and use our produce the more likely we will use them! Take shortcuts if you have to. No shame in that. It’s better to get started than trying to be “farmer’s market perfect.” Pre-cut and frozen might be your weeknight meal’s best friend.
- Join a CSA or sign up for a veggie box subscription. I was part of my local CSA which I loved, but the need to pick up was becoming inconvenient with my schedule. So I started a subscription with Misfits Market, which is a company that delivers organic produce that would have otherwise have gone to waste either because of surplus or they don’t fit the aesthetic standards of grocery stores. Getting this delivery requires some wash and prep (see above) but it quickly becomes a weekly habit to have my veggies ready to go. I love having a supply of fresh organic veggies delivered to my door. And I’m all for the bonus of voting with my dollar for organic and reduction in food waste. If you want to give it a try, you can use my code (COOKWME-IW2RHW) for 25% off your first order! If you subscribe, let me know what you think on instagram!