5 Easy Ways To Eat More Veggies
Vegetables are tough to eat for a lot of people often because they never learned how to prepare or cook them. In addition, many people didn’t have parents that introduced vegetables to them at a young enough age in their life to develop a pallet for them. Additionally, vegetables can have a bitter taste to them. Going back to hunter/gatherer days, if a plant was bitter, it could often mean that it was poisonous. The good news is this - vegetables aren’t bad for you (or poisonous) and we’re going to share with you 5 easy ways to eat more veggies on the regular.
Add Riced Vegetables Into Grains
Riced vegetables are a great way to trick yourself into eating more vegetables. Ricing vegetables simply means putting vegetables, like broccoli or cauliflower, into a food processor sot hat it chops up the veggies into little tiny pieces, about the size of a grain of rice. If you don’t have a food processor though, don’t fret! Riced vegetables come in baggies in the frozen section of the supermarket. When you get them home? Mix them into your grains, like rice or mashed sweet potato. The textures sit well together and you’ll be eating more veggies in no time.
Grate Your Veggies
One of my most favorite things to do when making a spaghetti sauce is to grate some veggies right into the sauce. Another way is to grate vegetables into ground meat dishes and even things like meatballs or chili. In doing so, you’re not only going to get an added boost of vitamins and minerals from the veggies, but it will also contribute positively to the texture and flavor of the meal. Think vegeatbles like zucchini and yellow squash for your spaghetti sauce, carrots and celery into your ground meat, or onion and zucchini into your meatballs.
Opt For Vegetable Dips
You know those classic dips, like ranch and artichoke dips? Those are often made with a base of mayonnaise and/or oils which add up on the fat calories pretty quickly. Instead, next time, opt for a veggie dip like chickpea hummus, beet hummus, or edamame. Pureed vegetables can satisfy that desire for dip without compromising flavor. Bonus? Dip your veggies into veggie dip. Winning!
Try Different Vegetables
There are literally hundreds of different vegetables out there in the world. So chances are if you don’t like the ones your parents made you choke down as a kid there are going to be vegetables out there that you like.
Try Different Ways Of Preparing/Cooking Vegetables
Lastly, on your quest to find different vegetables that you like and that you enjoy eating, make sure to try different types of preparation techniques and ways to cook them. Ranging from putting veggies like kale and avocado into smoothies, grilling up vegetables like zucchini, corn, and bell peppers on the grill, roasting vegetables like butternut squash and sweet potato, or putting some mushrooms and onions into your scrambled eggs, the possibilities are literally endless.
5 Easy Ways To Eat More Veggies: Takeaway
All in all, eating vegetables doesn’t have to suck. That being said, everyone should eat vegetables as much as they can so that you can contribute to your overall health and longevity instead of take away from it. Make sure to use seasonings, sometimes sauces, and to step out of your comfort zone in a quest to find vegetables you can easily and routinely incorporate into your eating lifestyle.