Getting your recommended 5 servings of vegetables a day can be challenging, but it doesn’t have to be that way. With a little creativity, you can work them in without a sweat. Here are 3 clever ways to increase your veggie intake.
If eating large piles of salad or sauteed veggies doesn’t appeal to you, consider juicing them instead. Vegetable juice Bridgeport CT offers all the same vitamins and minerals that whole veggies do, but in a convenient, easy to consume package. Fresh juices trump shelf-stable ones, so consider pressing them yourself or buying them from a local juice bar or similar. Your body will thank you.
The next time you’re having a pasta night, try swapping your noodles with spiralized or shredded veggies instead. Zucchini noodles (aka “zoodles”) are a popular option, but almost any vegetable can be turned into a stand-in for your spaghetti. Try spiralized butternut squash, sweet potato, carrots or celeriac in place of pasta. You can do this yourself, or buy pre-made veggie “noodles” from the produce section or frozen vegetable aisle.
For a no-sweat way to add more veggies to meal you’re already making, try changing out your tortilla or bread for vegetables. Lettuce, cabbage or collard greens make a great swap for a tortilla. Bell peppers, sliced cucumbers or tomato halves can be a perfect substitute for sandwich bread. Cooked sweet potatoes, portobello mushrooms or even sliced eggplant can become a perfect burger bun. Not only will you get a healthy dose of fiber and vitamins, but you’ll also cut a few calories while you’re at it.
Working in more vegetables doesn’t have to be a headache. By adding veggies in unexpected places, you can expand your palate, get a boost of minerals and fiber and feel great about yourself all day long.