Eating vegetables is important because of the vitamins and minerals that they provide plus they are low in calories. Most people don’t try to even fit more vegetables in their meals but it is really a lot easier than you might think.
Here are 9 simple tips to fit more vegetables into your meals:
1. Discover fast ways to prepare foods– prepare fresh or frozen vegetables for a quick and easy dish to add to any meal. Steam or eat raw green beans, carrots or broccoli in a bowl for a quick side dish.
2. Be ahead of the game – cut up a batch of bell peppers, carrots, or broccoli. Pre-package them to use when time is limited. You can enjoy them in a salad, with hummus, or in a veggie wrap.
3. Choose vegetables rich in color – brighten your plate with vegetables that are red, orange or dark green. They are full of vitamins and minerals. Try acorn squash, cherry tomatoes, sweet potatoes, or greens such as spinach, kale or field mix. They not only taste great but are also good for you.
4. Check the freezer aisle – frozen vegetables are quick and easy to use and are just as nutritious as fresh vegetables. Try adding frozen corn, peas, green beans spinach or sugar snap peas to some of your favorite dishes or eat as a side dish.
5. Make your garden salad glow with color – brighten up your salad by using colorful vegetables such as black beans, sliced red bell peppers, shredded radishes, chopped red cabbage, sprouts, bok choy or watercress. Your salad will not only look good but taste great as well.
6. Sip on homemade soup – heat it and eat it. Try tomato, butternut squash or garden vegetable soup. Look for reduced or low sodium stock.
7. While you’re out – if dinner is away from home, no need to worry. When ordering ask for an extra side of vegetables or side salad instead of the typical fried side dish.
8. Savor the flavor of seasonal vegetables – buy vegetables that are in season for maximum flavor at a lower cost. Check your local supermarket specials for the best in season buys or visit your local farmer’s market.
9. Try something new – you never know what you may like if you haven’t tried it. Choose a new vegetable, add it to your recipe or look up how to fix it online.
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