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10 Effortless Ways to Eat More Vegetables Every Day

10 Effortless Ways to Eat More Vegetables Every Day

You’ve been hearing “eat your vegetables” since you could climb in to a highchair on your own. But still, you’re old enough to prepare meals on your own and you still manage to skirt around the issue. We urge you to not only eat your veggies, but embrace your veggies.

They aren’t rabbit food, or hippie food – they’re real food. Vegetables are the most nutrient-dense whole foods you can put in your body. What does that mean to you? Better sleep, more energy, fewer hunger pangs, more satisfaction after meals, better-fitting pants and much, much more. Want to get dramatic? A diet rich in vegetables, meeting the recommended daily amounts, can see changes in health from diabetes and cholesterol to memory, eye sight, and blood pressure.

Go ahead, give these plants a bite and your health a run for its money!

BREAKFAST

1. Smoothies. Don’t avoid iron-rich leafy greens like spinach or kale at breakfast. Drop a whole handful into a smoothie (we swear you’ll never taste it) or in to an omelet or egg scramble (again, you’ll never taste it). Your body will certainly appreciate that it’s there.

2. Frittata. This fancy-sounding recipe is really just an egg-based dish like a quiche without the crust. It’s the perfect place to hide a ton of vegetables, like mushrooms and bell peppers. Try this Vegetable Frittata recipe this weekend.

LUNCH

3. Paninis. These are an incredible place to get a high dose of veggies without really noticing. On top of turkey stack spinach leaves, tomato slices, mushrooms, peppers, and onions and press until hot and crispy.

4. Salads. These are the picture of vegetable bliss but all too often wind up with more fried chicken, bacon and eggs than plants. Try more nutritious greens like kale, spinach, and spring greens over iceberg or Romaine, then bury them in carrots, zucchini, squash, mushrooms, peppers and cucumbers.

5. Baked Sweet Potatoes. This is the perfect brown-bag lunch. Bake a sweet potato in your break room microwave in about six minutes, then top with leftover chili from home. A vegetarian options would be to top with sautéed onions and peppers with black beans and a little guacamole. You might also try this Jamaican Sweet Potato Salad to go along with your ham and cheese sandwich.

DINNER

6. Tacos. This is one of America’s favorite imported cuisines is the taco, and between those shells you can pack a lot of veggies. Try toasted corn, sautéed onions and peppers or even shredded cabbage in these BBQ Chicken Tacos. The Avocado Coleslaw topping has red and green cabbage for a crunchy, healthy topping.

7. Banh Mi Sliders. We loaded up our version of these Vietnamese sandwiches with carrots and cucumbers after slow-roasting a pork tenderloin. Our recipe for Banh Mi Sliders even includes other fresh ingredients like cilantro, ginger and apples.

8. Pasta. Those noodles are a great place to pack more vegetables. Try peas, Roma tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, onions or squash. You could even puree butternut squash in a macaroni and cheese sauce (no kidding, try it!).

SNACKS

9. Chips and Dip. Scratch that – veggie sticks and dip. Skip the pita and tortilla chips and scoop your hummus, guacamole and even cheese dip with carrots, celery, bell peppers and English cucumbers. We promise you’ll fill up faster than you would with a sack of potato chips.

10. Kale Chips. Go a step further in removing yourself from the bag of chips and make your own fresh vegetable chips. Kale leaves, thinly sliced sweet potatoes or even thin slices of beets misted with olive oil spray and sprinkled with Kosher salt are baked until crisp for a totally guilt-free, munchable snack. Try this version of kale chips with sesame seeds.

 

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2:32AM PDT on Aug 11, 2013

Thank you :)

1:45PM PDT on Jul 31, 2013

I'm always looking for ways to add veggie to my diet. I'm going to try making the kale chips.

1:39PM PDT on Jul 31, 2013

Great ideas,Thanks for sharing

2:16PM PDT on May 7, 2013

all awesome. thanks so much!

11:07AM PST on Feb 13, 2013

I have a sweet potato just about every day now. I liked all your ideas. Thanks!

9:57PM PST on Feb 9, 2013

Yammy choices, thanks ...

8:33PM PST on Feb 7, 2013

Yummy

8:29PM PST on Feb 7, 2013

gonna try that pasta! Thanks so much for the ideas. I get so sick of eating the same stuff over and over again.

10:51AM PST on Feb 5, 2013

Spinach in a smoothie, a fruit smoothie, is invisible flavor wise.
Once you double or triple the handfuls, and like it, look to darker greens.

I use an Omega 1000 juicer. It doesn't do greens well, so I juice celery, cucumber, apples, lemons/oranges/other citrus, and then turn to a small blender to add greens (this week has been lacciato or Dino kale and flat leaf parsley) and blend.

11:55AM PST on Jan 30, 2013

that panini looks fantastic !

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