Everyone knows about the health value of vegetables. However, most of us don’t eat enough of them on a daily basis. The good news is that it’s not that tough to add more vegetables to your diet. Here are a few quick ways that you can consume more vegetables on a regular basis:
- SNEAK THEM INTO YOUR FOOD: Don’t like the taste of too many vegetables? Want to stick to eating the foods you’re used to? That’s fine. You can keep eating whatever you normally do and still increase your vegetable intake. How? “Sneak” them in. This idea works great for both kids and adults. For example, if you’re eating pasta, chop up some vegetables and put them in the sauce. You won’t even notice they’re there. Eating a sandwich? Do the same thing. Anywhere you can add vegetables, try to add vegetables.
- PREPARE THEM IN ADVANCE: One reason that many people don’t eat more vegetables is that they take too long to prepare. This doesn’t have to be the case. When you have a spare moment, peel and cut some vegetables. Keep these in the fridge or even the freezer. When, when you’re cooking, you can throw them into your meal with ease. Having vegetables ready to go makes it a lot more likely that you’ll eat them.
- CUT THEM UP FOR SNACKS: In addition to having vegetables ready for cooking, cut some up for snacks as well. A wide variety of vegetables make great snacks, from carrots and celery to cucumbers and bell peppers. Instead of running to the convenience store, fast food location or vending machine when you’re looking for a snack at work, have vegetables instead. You’ll feel better, have more energy and improve your health. Just cut up some vegetables of your choice, place them in a re-sealable plastic bag and take the bag with you to work or school. Having a snack nearby will decrease the likelihood of you choosing a less-nutritious item when you’re feeling hungry.
- MAKE THEM ACCESSIBLE: Many people don’t eat enough fruits and vegetables because they just don’t think of doing so. It’s easier to grab a cookie or bag of chips when you’re hungry than it is to head into the fridge, look around, find and prepare some vegetables to eat. Therefore, eliminate this disadvantage by making sure vegetables are available and accessible. Once you’ve chopped up some veggies for a snack, don’t bury them at the back or the bottom of your fridge. Instead, place them in a location where you’ll be more likely to reach them with ease. This will help you make a healthier choice.
- TRY THEM FOR BREAKFAST: Vegetables aren’t just for snack and salads. Have some for breakfast as well! The most obvious and well-known way to do this is to add some to an omelet, but that isn’t the only option. Why not have an egg sandwich with some kale or lettuce? Or add some vegetables to your hash browns or scrambled eggs? You can even throw some vegetables into a fruit smoothie if you’d like! There are lots of great opportunities to add some vegetables into every meal!
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