I have a confession to make, I used to be one of those people who absolutely hated eating fruit and vegetables! It’s fair to say that we all go through this at some point, but the longer you keep it up, the more damaging and limiting it can be to your health. If you are still stuck in a no veggie rut, then this needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. Read this for tips and tricks on how to eat more vegetables at every meal.
1. Eat Raw
They don’t always have to be steamed or roasted. You can eat lots of raw veggies in the form of things like fresh guacamole and beans, with some raw carrot and celery sticks as the vessel with which to put the delicious veggie-heavy concoction into your mouth! It doesn’t always have to be chips and salsa.
2. Season Produce
Make more of an effort to shop for seasonal produce, because doing this will ensure that you don’t get too bored with always eating the same vegetables week after week. Take advantage of things like summer markets where you will be able to find produce that you wouldn’t necessarily see in generic supermarkets. It will keep your passion and interest in veggies nice and high.
3. Ditch High-Calorie Carbs
Try to replace carb-heavy foods with healthier, more satisfying versions. For example, you can replace potato chips for some delicious home baked vegetable chips. They still give you the crunch you want and you can sprinkle a little salt over them. Another great swap is pasta for spaghetti squash. A spiralizer gadget can be a real life changer when it comes to enjoying vegetables!
Don’t just go for the same two or three vegetables every time, because that is a sure fire way to get bored real fast. Test out new cooking techniques like making a smoothie, or a frittata or a quiche instead of just lumping some roasted or steamed veggies on to your plate with some chicken or fish.
5. Don’t Avoid Sweetness
You don’t have to sacrifice your sweet tooth to eat more veggies as there are plenty of vegetable-based dishes that will satisfy your cravings. I’m talking zucchini bread, beet brownies, carrot cake, oatmeal cookies. The possibilities are endless!