We all know that we are supposed to have 5-7 serves of veggies a day… But seriously, who is actually having that many serves?? I know I don’t! It seems like an impossible amount to eat each day. So how can we get a few more serves into our already busy day? Here’s a few tips…
Pre prepare your veggies
Often if you open up your crisper drawer, you will see an array of raw, uninspiring vegetables, that your not to sure what to do with. A good thing to get into the habit of is preparing some of your vegetables, ready for consumption. Some things I do is
- Cut the carrots into sticks
- Cut the ends of the beans
- Cup up the capsicum into strips
- Slice the cucumber
- Cut the broccoli florets
Then I pop everything into containers and now its ready to be steamed, baked or eaten raw.
Grating your veggies is a wonderful way of adding them to different foods, without changing the taste to dramatically. You can grate carrot, zucchini, cucumber, tomato, capsicum and lots more. Some foods I like to hide veggies in are spaghetti sauces, homemade burgers, casseroles, meat loaf, and meatballs.
If you have a crisper drawer full of veggies that have seen better days, don’t waste them… Make a big pot of delicious vegetable soup. Its easy to do, you can add whatever you want and you can freeze the leftovers for later.
Add a side salad
If you having a pasta based meal or anything that has limited veggies, add a side salad. Get out your pre prepared vegetable sticks, chuck them together and munch on them as well. That way your not missing your vegetable serves.
Blend or juice them
We love a fresh orange juice or berry and yoghurt smoothie, but don’t miss this opportunity to add some vegetables. Vegetables juice really well, because the strong taste of the fruit, tends to over power the taste of the vegetables. Even adding them to smoothies is great, just try a few different recipes to get the flavour combination right.
Meat free day
Pick one day a week and make it a meat-free day. Including a meat free day into your week means you will need to create some vegetable based dishes, forcing you to be a bit creative. This is a great way to get you inspired to try something new. You might even enjoy it,..
Make a stir fry
The stir fry is a favourite in most homes. Its quick and easy, great to reheat, uses up lots of veggies and is super tasty. If you are tired of the usual stir fry, change things up. Add a different sauce, try some vegetable noodles or add some tofu, just to name a few.
So do yourself a favour and add some veggies into your diet!