We all know that most vegetables are incredibly nutrient dense and help to keep our bodies running at maximum efficiency, and yet many of us still have a difficult time incorporating these wonderful foods into our diets. If you already love to eat vegetables but are looking for easy new ways to add more of them to your diet, or if you’re a vegetable-hater looking to improve your relationship with these foods that are so essential to your health, this article will show you how to do just that! Are you having gastrointestinal issues and are looking for more fiber in your diet? Instead of asking how do you get rid of hemorrhoids? Ask yourself how do you prevent them in the first place. This article is DEFINITELY for you!
Before we get into the list of tips on how to easily add more vegetables to your daily meals, it’s important to let go of any pre-existing biases we may have against vegetables. For starters, acknowledge that vegetables can be super delicious when prepared in different ways; you just haven’t found the ways that work best for you. Even if you already do eat vegetables, but not nearly as much as you would like to, read on with a positive mindset and open mind, let your taste buds explore new horizons, and don’t be afraid to step out of your culinary comfort zone!
Without any further ado, here are 5 easy ways to eat more vegetables:
Play Vegetable Hide And Seek
Most vegetables are surprisingly easy to hide in other foods. This is a great technique to use if you don’t particularly enjoy the taste or aesthetics of a particular vegetable, and is a great way to get children to eat more veggies! There are tonnes of different ways to do this, for example, cutting them up into tiny pieces and adding them to omelettes, wrapping them up in bacon, mashing them up with other foods (like mashed potato), making sauces, dips and pastes out of them (for example pesto and guacamole), and making them look interesting and like something they’re not (for example zucchini noodles), among many other strategies.
Add Vegetables To Your Favorite Meals
Many of the meals we know and love can actually become all the more delicious with the addition of different vegetables; in some cases the addition may only be noticed visually because the taste may be completely masked by the other flavors in the dish. A good example of this is adding broccoli (or any other vegetable) to pizzas, different pasta dishes, lasagna, etc.
Smoothies and Soups
Smoothies and soups are particularly efficient ways of masking different vegetable tastes that we would especially prefer to avoid. With the right combination of ingredients, a smoothie is a great way to eat more vegetables and will help you get over your fear of vegetables such as kale and spinach. Adding a few carrots to your soup will hardly make a strong impact on the soup’s flavor, and can add a bit of color (as well as nutrients) to an otherwise often plain dish!
This tip can be looked at from two different perspectives. First, dips made out of vegetables can be amazingly delicious and healthy (for example guacamole, tzatziki, and hummus). Second, using your favorite dips for vegetable sticks (for example carrot and cucumber sticks) is a great way to eat more vegetables and actually enjoy the process!
Hone In On Your Inner Master Chef
A big part of how enjoyable vegetable dishes can be depends on how they are cooked and prepared. Cooking techniques are often taken for granted when vegetables are concerned, and this often results in less than perfect dishes that perpetuate the idea of vegetables being unappealing foods. Read up on different vegetable cooking techniques to make your vegetables as delicious as they can be. Grilling vegetables such as zucchinis, eggplants and asparagus for example, results in tasty, appealing vegetables. Another example of this is if you’re dealing with a vegetable with a particularly strong taste such as brussels sprouts and cauliflower, their strong taste can be tamed with different techniques such as adding something salty to the mix, or using different oils when stir-frying them.
Use this list of easy ways to eat more vegetables and develop healthier (and more delicious) eating patterns, and you’ll see the positive results on your general well-being in no time!
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