I didn’t like vegetables until a few years ago, and my mother tried to get me to like them during my childhood. My grandparents were avid gardeners with two large allotments where they would cultivate their own crops such as runner beans, carrots, tomatoes, beets, parsnips, and courgettes – nothing their mysterious green fingers couldn’t grow, and there was still an array of fresh fruit and vegetables around when I was younger.
I ate them, but I think I only enjoyed the flavour rather than savouring it. Things are a million times better now that I’m an adult, and I’d gladly consume a big bowl of roasted vegetables for dinner.
We all know we can eat more vegetables, and we all know why: they are a good source of important minerals and vitamins that our bodies need to function at their fullest. Many of us find it difficult to have more foods in our diets.
This is particularly difficult if you are only settling into a healthy routine, since vegetables may seem bland after a lifetime of consuming pizza and takeaways for dinner. This could not be farther from the fact, and here are a few delicious ways to sneak more vegetables into your diet without even attempting.
Bring them in as soon as possible.
Vegetables aren’t enough for dinner and lunch; they can even be eaten for breakfast. Try fried eggs with spinach, peas, and grated cheddar cheese, or an omelette with red peppers, onion, and feta cheese. Divide the plate into three parts: 1/4 for protein, 1/4 for carbohydrates, and 1/2 for vegetables or salad. Putting more vegetables and lettuce on your plate means that you consume more nutrients at mealtime.
Green Smoothie with Super Creamy Apple and Ginger
Smoothies made of greens
Okay, I see you rolling your eyes at the computer screen, but green smoothies are an excellent way to increase your vegetable intake. If you like fruit smoothies, just add a pinch of spinach, cabbage, or kale to complete the recipe. You should start playing with superfood powders for a nutritious boost after you’ve grown to enjoy them.
Vegetables with other items can be disguised.
This is a technique I picked up from my mother, and it’s helped me get my husband to consume more vegetables. Chilli con carne, beef ragu, curry, or lentil cottage pie are all excellent ways to mask the flavour of vegetables to the point that you won’t really notice they’re there. When I first met Alfie, he didn’t consume any veggies, so I began hiding them in his meals so he wouldn’t care, and now he consumes them without blinking an eyelid.
Prepare to wok!
Stir fries are the easiest and healthiest way to eat veggies and get a nutritionally rich lunch. Create your favourite Chinese meal at home with plenty of veggies and protein like chicken, beef, pork, or tofu, and serve with rice or noodles for a nutritious option to ordering takeout.
Make a delicious soup of the veggies
One of the simplest ways to increase your everyday veggie intake is to roast vegetables to bring out their flavour and then mix them with stock to create soup. Soups may even be frozen, ensuring that you still have a safe and tasty lunch on hand anytime you don’t feel like cooking.
And there you have it: few easy ways to incorporate more vegetables into your meals without exerting too much work. It’s all about taking little measures and making gradual improvements, but once you get underway, you won’t want to leave!
What methods do you use to have more veggies in your meals? Have you tried some of the above-mentioned suggestions and tips?