Let’s be honest, it is pretty easy to go through the day without eating any vegetables. Thanks to convenient food and enticing snacks, we can fill up with empty calories and miss out on a bunch of vitamins and minerals that our bodies need.
So, here’s a little bit of advice on how to easily incorporate more vegetables into your daily eating!
- Add a side of vegetables to your lunch and dinner.
- For lunch, build your meal around vegetables. My favorites: shredded broccoli, arugula mix, sautéed kale and lettuce wraps.
- For dinner, roast a variety of vegetables in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes with canola oil, salt and pepper. My favorites: fresh broccoli, eggplant and asparagus.
- If I am being lazy, I will cut up all of my vegetables and cook them together with the same seasoning.
- Add greens to your smoothie
- This is truly an effortless way to up your veggie intake. Spinach is great to add because you cannot taste it at all. Kale is a good addition too, and I would recommend adding it in a fruity smoothie to counter its naturally bold flavor.
- Swap out a processed snack for some veggies.
- My favorites: Raw zucchini, carrots, and celery with a greek yogurt-based dip. (Quick tip: add a packet of dry Ranch seasoning to plain greek yogurt — delicious!)
- For the egg lovers out there, don’t forget to spice up your egg dish with vegetables. (Quick tip: just throw in your leftover vegetable mix from the night before!)
- Take advantage of the seasonal vegetable deals.
- My favorite: Corn on the cob. Shuck the corn, add 1 t ghee, salt and pepper. Wrap in foil and bake in the oven for 20 minutes on 400 degrees. (Quick Tip: cut the corn off the cob and add it to your salad the next day)
Vegetables are so, so important to our diets! Not only do they provide us with essential nutrients, but they also are a great way to cut calories by making health conscious swaps.
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