We often know what we should be doing, but need a little help actually doing it. My clients KNOW that increasing veg in their life is a good idea, but they don’t always know where to start. Maybe this is you too! Below are 10 ideas for including more nutrient-dense vegetables into your lives!
1. Start With Veggies You Already Like
I’m all about not overcomplicating things! The best place to start is always with what already works! What veggies do you already enjoy? Cucumbers and carrots count! What are some ways to prepare veggie dishes that you already know and love? (Ok, if not love…then at least tolerate!)
2. Roast those Veggies
I think that roasting is one of the most approachable ways to prepare veggies, because you can’t really screw it up! The roasting process brings a “sweet” taste to veggies; so don’t be afraid to roast until they are brown and caramelized! Probably my favorite veggie to roast is cauliflower! But I like also doing a pan of bell peppers, onions, zucchini and mushrooms!
3. Dip it
Treat yourself like a toddler – maybe you need a “dip” to eat raw veg – make one or go get one! Or try out hummus! Keep chopped veggies ready to go in the fridge so that when you’re hungry and temped to snack on less desirable choices, your veggies and “ranch” are ready to go!
4. Buy pre-cut
Well all need short cuts sometimes! If that helps you eat more veg, then go for it! Or, even better - spend a couple of minutes cutting up some veggies for the upcoming few days while watching your favorite show on Netflix.
5. Make your Salads Exciting
Don’t eat boring salads! Have fun incorporating different dark leafy greens into your life. I enjoy buying local mixes and usually always add some arugula (my fave). Add texture and flavor by incorporating things like cheeses, nuts, seeds, dried fruits and good sources of protein to help you stay full for longer. Make your own salad dressing – it’s super easy!
6. "Sneak" Them In
There are so many recipes you can add shredded veggies into without anyone being the wiser ;) Veggies like carrots and zucchini are super easy to add to sauces, burgers, meatballs and the like!
7. Make more soups and stews
When you start with a really yummy sauce, it’s easy to sneak in veggies! You could either puree them or dice them up small. It’s amazing just how many veggies you can pack into a soup or stew! Veggies like celery, carrots, tomatoes, zucchini, and riced cauliflower are a great place to start!
8. “Spinach it up”
Spinach really doesn’t taste like much, so it’s a fantastic veg to add to almost everything as well! It may turn some things green, but the taste isn’t really affected. I like adding spinach into my family’s pita pizzas, frittatas, and in my smoothies!
Make trying new veggies a fun event! You could try adding a new veg each week or try preparing a veggie you already love a different way!
10. Ask Friends
Ask your friends about what veggies THEY and their family enjoy as well as what way they prefer that veggie prepared! If all else fails, check out Pinterest!
There is no shortage of inspiration for eating healthy, especially at this time of year, so take advantage and expand your “veggie repertoire”! Who knows? You might just find a new veggie that you love!