I’ll be the first to admit that even thought I’m a registered dietitian, I need to eat more veggies. I had way too much pizza on Friday night, and indulged in too much sushi + dessert on Saturday after dinner. Ted and I tend to let our healthy diets go out the door over the weekend and regroup with our “eat more veggies” motto when the week starts up again. While this might not be the best dieting tactic for you, it works for us. I look forward to Saturday night when the kids are asleep and Ted and I share our favorite peanut butter brownie from a local bakery. And oddly enough I KNOW my body looks forward to Monday when I’m eating carrots and cucumber with hummus for a midmorning snack.
I believe to truly enjoy eating we need to be able to balance healthy [cucumber and carrots] and not-so-healthy foods [hello peanut butter brownie]. BUT we live in a world where it’s a heck of a lot easier to get excited about eating that peanut butter brownie. So that’s when me, the registered dietitian, stomps my foot and says, “HEY, eating veggies is exciting too!!” Was that believable? I sure hope so…
So here are my top 7 easy [and oh so delicious] ways to eat more veggies. You excited yet?!
1. Take some time to prep. This step is key in my opinion. Before I took the time to prep fresh vegetables on the weekend, the end of the day would come and I would be too tired to slice and dice them for a meal. It was just one more step in making dinner and I dreaded it! But by taking the time to do the slicing and dicing on the weekend, I can easily add more veggies to breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks without feeling crunched for time!
2. Pack a sandwich with more produce. Meat and cheese are the usual suspects for weekday sandwiches, but to make a healthier sandwich swap I’ve been adding cucumber, lettuce, tomato, broccoli slaw, really any crunchy vegetable I have on hand. BUT I’ll also do this if I follow #1 above. So don’t forget about prepping ahead!
3. Have some dips on hand! While I love dipping my “Everything Crackers” from Trader Joe’s in hummus or Greek yogurt dip, I now make sure I’m dipping some green bell pepper strips or baby carrots along with the crackers.
4. Plan meals around produce. I typically take a general recipe idea and then think about what produce I can add to it for variety and flavor. Example: roasted vegetable pizza. I took my basic pizza recipe and then added roasted vegetables for toppings [roasting the vegetables first, of course].
5. Make a vegetable smoothie! My toddler LOVES them. Me? Not so much. But if you’re the smoothie-loving kind like my son and husband than consider adding spinach or cooked sweet potato to your next smoothie! Need some inspiration? Check out one of these 10 green smoothie recipes! Almost all contain a green vegetable!
6. Add vegetables to family favorites. If your family does tacos every week [we are starting to here], then take your taco filling mix and add some chopped up mushrooms, onions, corn, or tomatoes. Or all 4! At least that’s how I’d like my tacos… but it would probably send Ted and Joey into shock!
7. Try one new veggie a week! Challenge yourself and make a healthy eating goal you can achieve by experimenting with something new from the produce isle each week. What I love about most vegetables is that they are delicious when simply prepared: you’ll likely only need olive oil, salt, and pepper when trying something new. Or ranch dip, if you’ve got a toddler like mine that tries most new foods when ranch dip is involved.Crunch on this: 7 tips to get more fresh veggies in your diet! Click To Tweet
How about you? What’s one thing you do to make sure you are getting more veggies each week?