I get it – veggies are not always the most fun item on our plates. Most of us know that we need to incorporate more green stuff into our diets, but it’s often difficult to come up with fun ways to feature them in meals. From one who also has struggled with balancing veggies into my diet, I thought I’d share 5 of my favorite ways to make them more fun (and more nutritious too!)
- Saute away
Sometimes veggies can be a bit low on the flavor side when they are raw, and sometimes they are even tough to eat without a little preparation. Adding a small amount of olive oil and sautéing your greens and veggies will definitely add some joy back into those stalks of asparagus, leafy kale bunches, and crunchy carrot sticks. Even better? Adding a healthy oil to your veggies actually HELPS you absorb more of the natural nutrition of the vegetable you’re consuming. Neat huh?
- Spice it up
Adding extra salt is not usually a good idea (we get plenty of salt in our diets as it is), but most other spices are complete freebies when it comes to good nutrition. You can add things like rosemary, parsley, black pepper, and turmeric to add some oomph to your plate.
- Find Food Friends
Adding extra food items like chopped garlic and onion will vastly improve – and usually sweeten – even the most drab vegetables. Add an oil (like I said before) and saute them all together for a crazy-good flavor that will have you running back for seconds.
- Sneak ‘em in a smoothie
This is one of the easiest ways to add veggies in… throw them in a delicious green smoothie! You can add things like spinach or kale into a smoothie and mask the more bitter taste with something sweet like pineapple or mango. Easy and yummy!!
- Slice ‘N Dice
Preparing easy veggies ahead of time will help you immensely. Things like cucumbers and bell peppers can be quickly sliced and stored in advance so that, when your mind starts to wander towards the pantry, you can redirect and grab your ready-to-go veggies from the fridge. Fast and filling!!
Veggies are so important to our health, especially when it comes to losing weight. A balanced body is an efficient body, so fuel it right! Use these tips to help you build a more well-rounded diet, and you’ll learn to LOVE your vegetables once again.
Love these tips? I’ll be sharing some great vegetable recipes in my upcoming cookbook that will really help you add great nutrition and fantastic taste to your plate. I can’t wait to share it with you in April!!!
Stay amazing (and eat yer veggies)!