Fresh vegetables are vital to healthy living and well-being. Try these 4 simple fixes (courtesy of BeWell.com) to get more natural vitamins and minerals in your diet.
Prep your vegetables for the week
Take time to prep your veggies as soon as you get home from shopping. Clean your greens and store them so that you can grab them quickly for a salad or sauté. Roast some broccoli, carrots, and cauliflower to have on hand to add to salads, put them on top of lentils, or create an easy side dish.
Start your day with vegetables
Get a jump start on your 5+ servings by adding them into your breakfast meal. Add spinach or kale to your morning smoothies, sautéed vegetables with eggs and avocado, or eat your dinner leftovers for breakfast.
Add greens to everything
Since they are prepped and waiting for you, why not add them to everything. Making a smoothie? Add some greens. Making soup? Add some greens. Making an omelet? Add some greens. Making dinner? Add some greens. You get the idea.
Replace refined carbs with whole vegetables
This tip is a win-win – reduce refined carbs while adding in veggies. Get creative and use vegetables instead of crackers, breads and pasta.
Chips – Cut cucumbers and carrots into rounds for dipping.
Pasta – Spiralize zucchini or sweet potatoes and top them with your favorite sauces.
Sandwiches – Use collard greens to make a surprisingly delicious wrap for any sandwich filling.
Pizza crust – Cauliflower can magically be turned into a delicious pizza crust.
Lasagna noodles – Make long, thin slices of zucchini or sweet potato with a mandolin to create lasagna “noodles”.
Rice – Grate or process cauliflower in a food processor to create a rice or couscous like replacement