Now that you’re an adult, your childhood disgust for nature’s greens has vanished, right? Well, probably not entirely. Like most Americans, it’s likely that you’re not getting enough vegetables in your diet.
However, hitting your nutrient goals when it comes to vegetables does not have to be a battle between your gut and your taste buds with these sneaky methods.
It is possible to fit up to 2 cups of leafy greens in a 20 oz smoothie. One of the most common and delicious methods of incorporating more vegetables into your diet is simply by add 1 to 2 cups of spinach, kale, or even romaine lettuce to your favorite smoothie recipes. Don’t let the green color deter you–the leafy greens don’t affect the flavor at all!
2. Breads and Desserts
You can get a full serving of vegetables in your favorite bread and muffin recipes. Zucchini, pumpkin, or carrot can be added into your typical mixture for an added nutritional punch. You can also add an avocado into a brownie mixture pump it up with some heart healthy fats. Remember, though–other ingredients in these treats can negate the benefits provided from these veggies, so just make sure you don’t overdo it with the fat, sugar, and sodium.
If you’re a chip lover, then listen up! It turns out that most vegetables can be seasoned and baked to taste like your favorite flavor of Lays (or close to it). Sweet potatoes, mushrooms, eggplant, cucumber, and kale can all be made into crunchy, tasty chips when treated when thrown in the oven until crispy.
Are you a fan of pizza, pasta, sloppy Joes, or exotic sauces? Whether it’s homemade or store-bought, many sauce types have vegetable bases–some even contain a full serving. So next time you need to use some tomato sauce, curry sauce, or want to try your hand and churning up your own invention, try pureeing some extra vegetables and adding them to your mixture. Get as creative (and healthy) as you want!
Last but not least, one of the easiest and most flavorful ways to sneak more veggies into your diet is simply stuffing them onto your sandwich. You may be surprised to find out how much pizazz a few new veggies can add to your classic turkey wrap or BLT–so give it a try!
By: Evelyn Hylton