How To Sneak More Veggies in
It is no secret vegetables are part of a healthy lifestyle, but eating salads all day can get boring and sometimes even adults are picky eaters.. Luckily, there are tons of ways to hide your veggies into your favorite meals so you get all benefits and a tasty meal! Here are some of my favorite veggies and meals to make with them!
I always tell my clients "water first, veggies most!" when it comes to nutrition. As catchy as it is, I can't take credit for it. This phrase as well as tons of health mantras and tips I teach and personally use, come from 2B Mindset. This intuitive eating course focuses on a few key principles discovered by Registered Dietitian Ilana Mulhstein. She has lost 100lbs herself and kept them off over the years as well as helped thousands of people do the same simply focusing on eating more veggies! After taking her course 2B mindset and seeing results for myself, I knew I had to share it! I'll leave all the details here if you are looking for detailed nutrition help!
But let's chat how you can start today eating more veggies! These are my top 5 favorites and easiest to start eating more of
Spaghetti Squash is one item that is always on my grocery list! This inexpensive vegetable ($.99/lb in season) is full of fiber, Vitamin C, and antioxidants. The mild flavor of Spaghetti Squash makes it pair perfectly with most meals. I love using it in place of any pasta for quick dinners or even making hash browns with it. Here are some of my favorite recipes for spaghetti squash:
Cauliflower seems to be everyone's favorite these days and for a good reason! You may have seen cauliflower rice and pizza in the frozen food aisle at your local grocery store. This veggie is so versatile, hardly has any flavor, and has tons of fiber and vitamins to make you feel amazing. Some of my favorite ways to eat cauliflower is to use frozen rice added to my canned soups, in smoothies (it makes it super thick), or in a burrito bowl. Grab a bag of frozen cauliflower rice or an entire head to try out all these easy recipes:
Most people are very opinionated about spinach because they have only had it raw! This little green leaf is full of vitamin K and C, iron, and folate. There are ways to make it delicious so you can reap all the benefits without the taste.
The easiest way is to hide it in a smoothie! The superfood shakes I drink every day all ready have dried spinach as an ingredient but I love to add this green boost and a handful of spinach as well. I promise a chocolate shake will overpower the spinach taste and you won't even realize it's there! Here are some more ways to sneak it in:
Shredded carrots is one of my favorite veggies to sneak into meals! Carrots are known for their high Vitamin A content and sweeter flavor. If you love carrot cake, you'll love the carrot cake ball recipe below. But my favorite way to sneak carrots in is adding them to ground beef or turkey in meatballs, burgers, and soups. Here's a few more ways to try carrots:
5. Sweet Potato/Pumpkin
I put these two vegetables together since they are similar flavor and use when you are trying to hide veggies! (they are also some of my fall favorites!) I love replacing fats in baking with Pumpkin puree for an autumn taste and fewer calories with tons of vitamins! I found it works best in brownies! Here are a few ways to add these delicious fall vegetables to your next meal!
Still having trouble getting all those veggies in? Or need a quicker way to get those vitamins and minerals in? Try Shakeology! This Superfood Shake has spinach, chlorella, flax seeds, protein, probiotics, and one cup of veggies per glass, but tastes like a chocolate shake or peppermint mocha latte! I drink it every morning and sometimes at night when those midnight munchies sneak up. Grab some here to try it out and tag me on IG @tarasimone_fit!
What's your favorite way to get veggies in? Share your favorite recipe in the comments below!