It may be a bit expected for a Health Coach to be telling you to get more veggies into your diet, but let’s talk about some fun ways to make getting veggies into your daily routine easier. Let’s face it, most people struggle with getting the recommended daily requirement of vegetables. Wouldn’t you agree? I’m told by a lot of you that time is the struggle for most of you — between working, running kids to their activities, and all of the other appointments you have, there’s just no time to do grocery shopping, food prepping, planning, cooking, etc.
I hear you loud and clear, and here are some of the ways I personally skirt that time-trap issue.
First on the plate is soups and stews, which is particularly welcome this time of year. They are very heavy on the veggies, and with so many varieties, you won’t get bored. Also, don’t forget to get some veggies in with your breakfast such as in smoothies, a quiche, or omelets. One of my most favorite omelets has spinach, onions, garlic, bell peppers and broccoli in it).
Making it convenient is a crucial step in getting more veggies in. Try prepping them for the week ahead of time, keeping them on the top shelf of your fridge, so they’re at eye level, buy veggies already cut when your in a time crunch, or use frozen veggies. Keeping it simple by purposefully doubling your veggie count at dinner or having a salad with every meal will make the number of veggies you consume a daily occurrence, and over time it will be no problem getting enough of them on your plate!
Add them into other foods. Try adding veggies into other foods. Why not add cauliflower to your next batch of mashed potatoes. No one will ever know the difference. Or what about zucchini bread? Here’s my mom’s recipe that I made gluten-free: zucchini bread recipe Or there’s carrot cake. Hiding vegetables is great for getting more veggies into kids.