Getting more veggies in your daily diet not only helps to improve your immune system (which helps you fight off colds and illnesses), it also benefits you by making your skin look fresher and more radiant, boosts the shine and health of your hair, and helps you stay lean and healthier.
How to Get More Veggies in your Daily Diet
While we can’t shop at a farmer’s market every day or aren’t necessarily interested in going the vegan route (especially if we’re meat-lovers), we can still eat more nutrient-rich vegetables. To help you learn simple tricks to eating more vegetables, today’s diet & nutrition guide shares 5 healthy ways to get more veggies in your daily diet.
Add Veggies to your Breakfast Smoothie
Vegetables like spinach, kale, and romaine lettuce are great for blending into your breakfast smoothie. When mixed in with sweeter foods (like apples and berries), their taste is virtually undetectable. These veggies are packed with vital nutrients, fiber, and essential vitamins that are wonderful for our digestive systems. Plus, they help our skin look more clear and youthful since they enable our bodies to more efficiently detox.
Make a Superfood Salad for Lunch
To keep your body functioning well and add more fiber into your diet, making a superfood salad for lunch each day is a healthy way to get more veggies in your daily diet. A salad consisting of lean protein (like grilled Salmon), heart-healthy nuts, dark leafy greens, and vitamin-rich vegetables (such as Tomatoes, Carrots, Beets, etc.) not only tastes great and fills you up, it boosts your energy and sustains your appetite throughout the day.
Opt for Veggie-centric Snacks
When you get to 4 o’clock in the afternoon, you often crave something to tide you over until dinner. Instead of reaching for a pastry, opt for veggie-centric snacks instead. Simple healthy snack options include celery with peanut butter, cherry tomatoes with balsamic reduction (for a hint of sweetness), steamed baby carrots, or even roasted artichoke with seasonings and extra virgin olive oil.
Cook with Garlic & Onion
An easy way to get more veggies in your daily diet is to cook with garlic and onion. These versatile vegetables are packed with nutrients and add tons of flavor to your meals. Some of our favorite home-cooked dinners are inspired by classic Italian dishes – such as cheese Ravioli topped with sauteed Garlic, Onion, Diced Tomatoes, Basil, Italian Seasonings, and Tomato Sauce.
TIP: To make life easier and save time in the kitchen, shop for peeled fresh garlic.
Substitute Sugars for Vegetable-based Desserts
When you’re hankering for something sweet, instead of diving into the ice cream, substitute sugars for a vegetable-based dessert. Roasted beets topped with goat cheese and glazed pecans not only satiate your sweet tooth (and still feels a bit decadent), it helps you get more veggies in your daily diet.
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