Whether you’re a veggie-lover or someone who would rather not eat any greenery at all, you undoubtedly understand the importance of eating as many vegetables as you can for the good of your health.
Vegetables contain so many important vitamins, minerals, and fiber that we need to make a real effort to eat more of them. If that is something you struggle with, here are a few tips to help you get more in:
1. Blend Them into Sauces
One of the easiest ways to up your veggie intake, especially if you are not particularly a fan, is to blend them into the sauces you are making to accompany your food. For example, you can add carrots to marinara sauces for a little extra sweetness or puree some zucchini into your mushroom sauce. They will provide additional flavor and nutrition to your dish. Experiment with different combinations to see what you can discover.
2. Use Them in Dips
Another really good way to get more veggies in is to turn them into dips like this spinach dip with artichoke. Although this may not be the healthiest dish overall, this popular dish will at least have some nutritious elements. Pairing raw vegetables like carrots, celery, and broccoli with a delicious dip is also a great way to add more vegetables to your diet.
3. Make a Smoothie
Another great tip for getting more veggies into your diet and improving your health is to make smoothies. If you blend veggies like spinach or broccoli with sweet fruits like pineapple and orange you will mainly get the taste of the fruit, so if you are not a veggie fan it will help you with that, and smoothies really condense those veggies down, so you can pack a lot of them into one glass, which means if you start the day with a smoothie, you won’t need to worry about packing so many veggies in later in the day.
4. Make Soup
Soup is a great meal at any time of the day. Not only is it healthy, but the liquid nature of the side means that it fills you up better than many solid meals. It’s also really easy to throw any veggies you have in the kitchen into a pot of soup and have them tasting great without any real effort at all.
5. Make Chips
Chips don’t have to be made from potatoes; you can make chips from parsnips, beets, sweet potatoes, and most other root vegetables, so why not make your own vegetable chips so next time you have a craving for a crunchy snack, you can fulfill it and do so in a healthy way while also boosting your vegetable intake? Cook them with olive oil and flavor with sea salt and your favorite herbs and spices. The crunchy texture and delicious flavors will make this a fun snack for the whole family.