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4 Easy Ways to Sneak In More Veggies (You’ll Never Notice)

4 Easy Ways to Sneak In More Veggies (You’ll Never Notice)

Let us admit: we all want to eat healthy, but our taste buds often dictate otherwise. While the nutritionist advises you to eat more broccoli, cauliflower and carrots, you find yourself wanting cakes, pasta and comforting baked goods. And no matter how convinced you are about the need to eat healthier and lose the extra weight, the pattern seems to be fixed, and you feel quite helpless.

It is easy to break the cycle!

Simply find clever ways to sneak in more vegetables into your favorite comfort foods. This way, you can quite literally have your cake and eat it too, in terms of combining both good health and great flavor. Those taste buds will never guess how you did it! Here are three ideas from me:

  • Bake cakes by all means, but use beetroot instead of butter to give them both moisture and that creamy texture. Beetroots are a powerhouse of antioxidants and vitamins. Your cake will acquire a lovely rich color and your taste buds won’t know the difference.
  • Macaroni and cheese: go ahead and make it just the way you always do. Only, replace some of the pasta with veggies cooked al dente–such as broccoli and cabbage. A sprinkling of bright red peppers is always appetizing and flavorful.
  • Creamy soups and hearty stews offer great potential for your veggies to sneak in. That velvety texture need not depend on the addition of heavy cream or cheese. Aromatic vegetables cooked slowly, mashed potatoes and beans, your favorite herbs–these can do the trick just as well. For the longest time, my mother cooked cream of tomato soup with some of my least-loved veggies pureed into it!
  • Pizza + roasted veggies is a match made in heaven, and it’s a great idea to double those veggies and halve the cheese. Similarly, load up your favorite sub with peppers, onions, tomatoes, spinach and cucumber. All of these taste crunchy fresh and contain almost no calories. Vitamins A, B, C and essential trace minerals are awarded to you while you treat yourself to this colorful, yummy sandwich.

 

 

 

 

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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12:00AM PST on Nov 17, 2013

you can pretty much put ANYTHING on a pizza.

12:24PM PST on Nov 12, 2013

I like the beetroot idea.

11:10AM PST on Nov 9, 2013

Thanks for the ideas. The first one seems very interesting, I'll have to try it someday.

3:39AM PST on Nov 9, 2013

Thanks.

1:21PM PST on Nov 8, 2013

Thanks.

7:45AM PST on Nov 7, 2013

Thank you for good tips.

12:27AM PST on Nov 5, 2013

I do add potatoes, all kinds of vegetables, and seasonings to my soup and I just love it. At the end I use an emersion mixer to make it creamy. That is an interesting idea about the beetroot, will have to look into it further-- it would be great to try. Love beets cooked or raw. Thanks for the post, an idea for everyone to try.

7:20PM PST on Nov 4, 2013

yum

6:49PM PST on Nov 4, 2013

thank you for the ideas

10:08AM PST on Nov 4, 2013

I put pureed butternut squash in the cheese sauce for the mac and cheese... I'm the only one in my family who likes squash but they love my mac and cheese ;)
I didn't know beets could replace butter in cake, I think I must try!
Also I chop up spinach and add it to most of my soups, sauces and casseroles.

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