Ideally, we should each be eating six to eight servings of veggies every day. This can be a daunting number, especially if veggies aren’t your favorite to eat.
Luckily, there are easy ways to incorporate veggies into your daily diet, so you can enjoy the food you eat, while properly fueling your body at the same time.
As a committed vegan and certified nutritionist, I have learned a few tricks over the years that have worked well for me:
Pair your veggies with something you already like.
One of my favorite ways to integrate veggies is by eating them with foods I love (of course, we’re aiming for health here, so consider healthier foods you love!)
I love guacamole and hummus, so when eating them, instead of pita chips, I choose to dip bell pepper, snap peas, cherry tomatoes, carrots or cucumbers. All healthful choices – and tasty too!
This is a great way to not only increase the number of veggies you eat, but also swap out other items that aren’t so good for you at the same time
2. Sneak your veggies into a smoothie.
When you add veggies to a smoothie, it doesn’t automatically become a green smoothie.
Instead, try your normal smoothie recipe with a few added veggies that are easy to hide. The best choices are subtle in flavor: spinach, cauliflower and cucumber will all do the trick. Try adding a cup of spinach or a ½ cup of cauliflower or cucumber and you will be well on your way!
If you want to be creative, you can start pairing other foods like beets with berries, carrots with peaches, or chocolate with kale. The more adventurous you get, the more fun you’ll have creating recipes that are surprisingly delicious and consistently nourishing.
3. Choose a hearty veggie instead of bread.
Bread is delicious, but it is an empty source of calories and can be damaging to our bodies. Eating veggies that provide a similar carbohydrate-rich experience can be an easy way to add fiber, vitamins and minerals to your diet.
For most meals, a satisfying switch can be trading bread for a roasted sweet potato, carrots, beets or chickpeas as a side to your dish. Bread may be tough to get rid of completely, but by substituting it every few meals will lead to improved health and vitality over time.
Eating the right amount of veggies can be viewed as a chore. While we deeply understand eating them is necessary, actually fitting them into our diets can be quite a challenge.
Use some of the tactics discussed here and on JenUnruh.com to start a new habit that will make you feel better and directly improve your physical wellness.