You know vegetables are good for you You probably know you should eat more vegetables. How do you get them in?
You can only eat so many salads, right? Here are ten ways you can easily add veggies to your meals.
10 Easy Ways to Eat More Vegetables
- Replace noodles with spaghetti squash.
- Fill a roasted green or red pepper with tuna salad, spaghetti sauce with meat, veggie fried rice, cranberry quinoa or pulled pork.
- Food process carrots, onions and peppers into tiny pieces and add to sauce.
- Add a couple of handfuls of spinach to every dish. Spinach goes with just about everything– sauces, stir fries, soups and quiches.
- Replace a side of bread with a side of roasted vegetables. Veggies have less calories and more vitamins and minerals than even the healthiest of breads. Preparing the veggies doesn’t have to be time-consuming or difficult. For example, wash asparagus stalks, break off the ends, lay them in a 13×9 glass pan, add a spoonful of coconut oil over the top, sprinkle on some salt and pepper, and cook at 400 degrees for 10 minutes or until tender. (Stir them around half way through to spread the salt and melted coconut oil.)
- Replace store-bought frozen french fries, which are full of extra ingredients, with homemade roasted potatoes and root veggies. Dice up sweet potatoes, golden beets, butternut squash and parsnips into small pieces, toss them in oil and spices and bake at 400 for 20-25 minutes, stirring every so often, until soft and golden brown.
- Make a summer squash or zucchini pesto. Use a spiralizer (an inexpensive but super cool and useful slicing appliance that I use a couple of times a week) to create summer squash or zucchini noodles, sauté until soft and add your favorite pesto sauce.
- Add veggies to your eggs. Whether you like your eggs scrambled, poached or over easy, adding a handful of veggies (onions, carrots, peppers, spinach, asparagus) makes them even better!
- Keep bags of frozen veggie mixes in your freezer at all times. Frozen veggies can be added to everything– soups, sauces, stir fries, mac and cheese– and you don’t even have to thaw them first. If you are really in a pinch, microwave a bowl of frozen veggies, add some spices and serve as a side dish.
- Think outside the breakfast box. Include a side of left over dinner veggies with your breakfast. If you start your day with a healthy serving of veggies, you start your day right!
BONUS: Add a salad to your dinner meal.
How do you incorporate more vegetables into your diet?
This post first appeared on www.runningbythebook.com at 10 Easy Ways to Eat More Vegetables.
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