I think it is a known fact that we need vegetables in our life as part of a healthy diet. There are many diseases that come from a diet poor in fruits and vegetables. However, for some reason, a lot of people don’t eat enough vegetables. In fact, according to the CDC only 1 in 10 Americans eat the recommend daily amount of vegetables. Since eating veggies is very important for a healthy diet, and most of us don’t love the idea of eating them; I’m going to give you 4 ways to sneak in veggies into your diet.
Add them to your smoothies
Smoothies are the easiest on-the-go meals. When we add the right ingredients, they can be super tasty and nutrient filled. Usually we focus on the fruits we add to the smoothie, but we can also add veggies to increase the fiber and nutrient content. Try adding spinach or kale to your next smoothie. You won’t even taste them but your body will thank you for them.
Use them as a base for your bowls
Use frozen cauliflower rice as base for your bowls. You can add roasted tomatoes or marinara sauce for flavor and add chicken, beef, tofu, and everything else you would normally add to a taco bowl. You can also buy frozen veggie tots to add to your bowl. My favorite is the broccoli and cheese veggie tots. You won’t regret it.
Add them to your sauce
When making marinara sauce you can add carrots, bell peppers, pumpkin and onions. Season the sauce to your liking and enjoy. You can also pure vegetables and make them a sauce of their own, try it with spinach or butternut squash. You can pair it with chicken for a tasty dinner.
Use them as bread replacement
This is one of my favorites. When you are making burgers or tacos, use lettuce to substitute the bread or tortillas. You can also grill Portobello mushroom caps, sweet potato slices or eggplant and use them as buns. Most restaurant will also make your burger “protein style” using lettuce instead of buns, so you can even take advantage of this trick when eating out.
There are many unique ways you can include more vegetables in your diet. This are just 4 examples of many. By making veggies a regular part of your eating habits, you’ll significantly increase your intake of fiber, nutrients and antioxidants. Adding more veggies in your diet will also aid in weight loss. At the end of the day, you can’t go wrong eating more veggies. If you want more ideas on how to incorporate more veggies to your diet, just ask any of the coaches at Celebration CrossFit we will be happy to help.
By coach Keren