Goodness but that seems like a lot! Americans aren't the most healthy of eaters to begin with, and vegetables don't always give us the satisfaction that other foods do. But there are easy ways to sneak these nutrient dense foods into your diet:
- Always have cleaned and chopped veggies ready to go so you can grab them quickly. It helps to have a healthy dipping sauce to go with them. My favorite is hummus.
- Add veggies to any sandwiches that you make. Sliced tomato, onion, cucumber, and leafy greens are good options but you can get creative.
- Add veggies to your smoothies.
- Make your own vegetable juice with leftover items that are starting to go bad. My favorite recipe is overly ripe tomatoes, onion, cucumber, parsley, a hot pepper, and a dash of salt. Delicious!
- Throw plenty of vegetables into your homemade soups. If you saute them a bit before you add them to the soup they cook up nicely. I throw in anything that I have on hand.
- Stir fry vegetables with a bit of meat for a quick and easy dinner option.
- Purchase the convenient steam bagged veggies options available in the freezer section of the store. You can choose items that aren't loaded with heavy sauces for a healthy and quick addition to any meal.
- Don't be afraid to try new veggies. I recently discovered the joys of rutabaga and parsnips. I mash them like potatoes. Divine.
- Salads are an easy option but I find that I don't like mine as well as if someone else make it. LOL. To improve your salads throw in a bit of fat for satisfaction such as diced avocado or crumbled feta cheese. A simple olive oil and vinegar dressing is a healthy way to finish your creation.
Eat your veggies!