How can I eat more vegetables when I don’t really like them? A client asked me a few days ago during one of our sessions.
Valid question I said.
You may think you don’t like vegetables, but maybe you just haven’t tried the right preparation.
You can play with texture, for example If you don’t like mushy vegetables, try raw, shredded, roasted or stir-fried versions instead. Love crunchy foods? Try baked kale or beet chips or maybe you enjoy more soups, then turn them to soups.
If the texture of both raw and cooked vegetables is not your thing, puree them instead.
Vegetables are a great source of healthy nutrients like fiber, potassium, folate, and vitamin A and most of us don’t get enough of them.
Here are some simple way to add vegetables to your daily meals, everyday:
1- Add them to your breakfast:
The nutrients you get are a huge plus, but a recent Cornell University study that looked at the habits of people with naturally normal BMIs, showed that 96 percent ate breakfast with some kind of fruit or/and vegetable included.
So try making yourself a smoothie or a smoothie bowl. It’s easy, quick, delicious and nutritious, or if you have more time stir in a veggie/vegan omelet.
2- Make veggie soups:
Soups are an excellent way to consume multiple servings of vegetables at once.
It’s also a perfect solution for when your veggies are getting soft and mushy.
Adding even a small number of extra veggies, such as broccoli, to soups is a great way to increase your intake of fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
3- Turn them to noodles:
Veggie noodles are easy to make, and a great way to get more veggies in your eating plan. They’re also an excellent low carb substitute for high carb foods, if you’re looking for one.
Use sweet potatoes, carrots, zucchini, turnips or beets to replace pasta and you’ll be getting loads of yummy nutrients. Once the “noodles” are made, have them just like pasta with any sauce you fancy. A vegetable based sauce is a plus 🙂
(If you don’t have a spiralizer, you can use a vegetable peeler to create long “noodles” with your vegetables.)
4- Snack on vegetables:
Veggies snacks not only fill you up between meals but they can also help you fill your vegetable quota. Try snacking on carrots, cucumbers, Bell peppers or celery dipped in hummus to get started.
5- Go for a Veggies bun or a lettuce wrap:
Using lettuce as a wrap or certain veggies as buns in place of tortillas and bread is an easy way to eat more veggies.
Additionally, many types of veggies, such as portobello mushroom caps, sliced sweet potatoes, halved red or yellow peppers, tomato halves, and sliced eggplant make excellent buns.
So off you go, get started with one or more of these ideas, take advantage of the summer abundance of fruits and vegetables and get your daily dose in.
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