5 Easy Ways to Sneak Veggies Into Your Diet
We’ve all heard the statistics about what vegetables can do for your health and overall well being. Some even claim vegetables can improve mental health and clarity! The USDA’s current guidelines state that we should be getting 2.5 cups of vegetables a day at least. Eating plant based meals can have amazing effects on our body. Period. The question is… how do I get them? And have them taste good too?
Try thinly slicing root vegetables like potatoes, sweet potatoes, yams, or beets, coating them with a little olive oil and sea salt, and throwing them in the oven. They make a tasty, crunchy, salty snack much like potato chips, but without the guilt!
Instead of slapping a grain on your plate with your pile of protein, pair a lean meat or legume with leafy greens and some quinoa. Try new textures and new leafy greens you haven’t ever heard of. How says you have to have romaine or spinach everyday?
Make your plate as colorful as possible. Instead of having a yellow and brown meal of carbs and meat, spruce it up and eat the rainbow! Add greens, reds, yellows, and purples. Many grocery stores sell basic vegetables like carrots and tomatoes in packs of rainbow colors!
When you’re in the grocery store, grab one vegetable you have never tried before and make it the star of your plate. Try a new recipe! Hop on pinterest or google a recipe that surrounds that veggie. Why not make it an experiment?
Start early in the day. Kick off your day by throwing some greens or carrots in with your fruit smoothie in the morning. Or, even, have some cool cucumbers on the side with your morning oats. Contrasting your warm morning meal with something cool can do great things for your digestive system!