I don't think I need to spend time telling you why you need to eat more veggies, we all know it, right? We know they are better for us, provide fiber and important nutrition -- yet we often just don't think about them when it comes to dinner time, snacks or other meals.... I'm here to give you a few ways you can get those important foods into your daily meals and enjoy it!
1. Add a handful of greens like kale, spinach or chard to a smoothie or juicer. This is probably the easiest, least time consuming and one of my favorites too! It's less work for my digestion and I get to pair them with my favorite fruits too! I can add in some protein powder, camu camu powder, ground flax or other powders and drink a tasty treat that's good for me!
2. Sauces, burgers, meatloaf, taco meat and sausage... are great ways to add in some finely chopped greens! I put handfuls of my spinach, chard, collard greens or kale in my chopper to get it very small and tiny then dump into my spaghetti sauce, ground beef or sausage and Voila! I've just added some great nutrition and I don't even taste it (plus neither do my kids)! Chopping it up this small also turns it into a nice garnish for other dishes and it makes it easy to add to tuna or chicken salad as well! Toss it in with some shredded zucchini and make some zucchini cakes or with leftover mashed potatoes for a pop of color -- and vitamins! Get creative! Those greens don't have to be a side dish, they can be part of the dish!
3. Roasted or grilled veggies taste so much better than boiled or steamed! Sauteéing in butter is yummy too! The trick I've learned is to make them bit size and add fun spices for flavor! There is nothing better than a perfectly roasted, slightly crispy veggie like Brussel Sprouts or even squash! Yum! **Extra tip: Roasted squash can be pureéd then added to spaghetti sauce, meatloaf, creamy soups and even ground beef for tacos!
BONUS TIP: Soups and stir fries can be great ways to incorporate more veggies and have fun doing it!
EXTRA BONUS TIP: Take that spinach, kale, collard greens, swiss chard, etc.. and put them in a food chopper to get them really small and add to spaghetti sauce, taco meat, soups, stews, etc.. and neither you, nor your kids, will ever know they are there but you will add some important vitamins and minerals to your diet.
If you have picky eater, go read my three part series on picky eating here, here, and here.
The key is to be adventurous (and brave)! Farmer's Markets are great places to buy quality produce AND find new things to try while supporting a local business too! Try new things and experiment with some spices! I love using my Young Living Vitality oils with avocado oil for a delicious marinade for my veggies -- SO good! Vitality oils have a lot more flavor than dried herbs and I use way less.