Let’s face it…Many of us, in spite of our best intentions, do not eat enough vegetables. Even though we know how important this is to our overall health, it still sometimes feels like a challenge.
Here are some ideas for how you can add more vegetables (and fruits) into your daily menu.
- Always have baby spinach on hand to toss in with your scrambled eggs, in soups, in smoothies.
- Pack vegetables in soups. Either make veggie heavy soups or make a creamy broccoli, asparagus, or cauliflower soup.
- Make your snacks vegetable and/or fruit based. Instead of reaching for a cookie, grab an apple, tangerine or banana instead. You can add a bit of protein to the fruit or veggie snack such as nut butter or cheese.
- Eat a small serving of fermented veggies at least once a day with a meal. Make your own or Oryana carries numerous cultured krauts, kimchis, and vegetables.
- Roast your veggies, which is the easiest and tastiest way to enjoy them. (Here’s one tasty recipe.)
- Replace pasta with spaghetti squash or other veggies. Replace lasagna noodles with thinly sliced veggies such as zucchini, summer squash, buttnernut squash, etc. Get a spiralizer and make ‘zoodles’, zucchini noodles.
- Keep frozen veggies and fruits on hand to use in a pinch. Keep some of the fruit, like berries or cherries, thawed in the refrigerator to eat in a pinch.
- Keep a cabbage in your crisper drawer for quick slaws, to add to soups, or to roast with meats or sausage.
- Make a yummy salad dressing that will keep for awhile so it’s handy for making a quick side salad. Here are some homemade salad dressing recipes.
- Add veggies to pasta sauce. It’s easy to dice up some zucchini, green pepper, carrot, and celery, and saute it for a few minutes to go in your tomato, cream, or meat sauce.
- Make a delicious dip for some cut up veggies.
- Always eat fruit with your oatmeal, granola, or cereal, either sauteed or raw.
- Make this for breakfast – Veggie or fruit scramble: Saute up some zucchini, swiss chard, mushrooms, spinach, peppers, onions, apples, pears, sweet potatoes, in a little butter or oil before adding your scrambled eggs.