Did you know that cruciferous veggies (that’s your broccoli, kale, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts, etc) are packed full of the nutrients and antioxidants that help the body to detox? And that brightly coloured, starchy veggies, like beetroots and carrots are high in carotenoids that help our bodies produce Vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant? Vegetables are their own superfoods, and each one brings its own super power to the table – are you eating enough of them? Here’s 3 simple ways to eat more veggies!
Put them in smoothies
Smoothies are a great way to include more veggies in your diet (and to disguise them, if needs be). Leafy greens are an easy one to incorporate, anything from baby spinach and swiss chard to kale, beetroot leaves and amaranth. Just be careful of the latter, as they can be quite strong at first. Baby marrows are also a perfect addition to smoothies. Grate them up, store in the freezer, and use as needed – they have a very mild taste, and help to bulk up a smoothie.
We encourage you to be bold with your veg-smoothie experimentation! You can add carrots, beetroot, and even broccoli! Play around and find flavour combos that you like. It’ll take a bit of getting used to, but it’s a great way to eat more veggies first thing in the day!
Eat more veggies as snacks
Pop some raw veggies into your lunchbox, to eat as snacks throughout the day – carrots, cucumber, celery…even beans, mushrooms and cauliflower! If that doesn’t excite you, then pair them with hummus, nut butters, thick yoghurt or sour cream or even a chicken liver pate.
Or, make veggie crisps to snack on. Thinly slice beetroot, carrots, pumpkin, brinjals and sweet potatoes, drizzle with olive oil and seasoning and bake in the oven until crisp.
Add them to your starch
Got a starchy side with dinner? Be inventive! If you’re making mash, add in some chopped kale while the potatoes are boiling, and then mash them all together. Making rice? Add some fried peppers, onions and garlic. Making risotto, add some cooked gem squash (Barley & gem squash risotto recipe)
Whether you’re following a low carb diet or not, it’s a nice way to change things up and eat more veggies by replacing your starchy side with a vegetable. Carrot or pumpkin mash (which, by the way, is in no way a compromise – yum!), cauliflower rice, zucchini noodles…
The trick is to change the way you’re thinking about vegetables – they don’t just have to be a boring side dish at dinner. At every meal, ask yourself if there’s a way to pack more veggies in! And remember to try and eat a wide variety of veggies that are in season. This way you’ll get a good variety of nutrients too.
Feeling motivated to eat more veggies? Tell us how you’ve started to include more veggies in your diet. Leave a comment, pop us an email ([email protected]) or share a pic on social media. We’d love to hear about your veggie adventures x