3 Ways to Add More Veggies to Your Diet
We can all agree that vegetables are good for you. From the disease-fighting benefits certain veggies bring to the table (literally) all the way to the abundance of vitamins and minerals packed into leafy greens, we know we should be eating a lot of them. Despite these facts, most of us don’t eat enough vegetables.
Even in a place with farmer’s markets galore, we still struggle at times to add color to the plate. So to make your life a little easier, we are sharing our three favorite ways to incorporate more vegetables into your diet (even for those who don’t like vegetables) —
- Add veggies into smoothies: Perhaps the oldest trick in the book, but still one of our very favorite. When blended together with fruits, nut butter, and other smoothie ingredients, vegetables are nearly invisible to the taste buds. Although adding a handful of spinach or kale to your morning smoothie is a no-brainer, consider adding ingredients like frozen cauliflower or avocado.
- Plant-based dips: Cowboy caviar anyone?! Plant-based dips are a delicious way to pack in vegetables without ever noticing. You can easily purchase store-bought options like hummus, guacamole, and salsa, or you can get the whole family involved and make them from scratch using the local ingredients picked up from the farmers' market (we promise it’s not that hard)!
- Add veggies to baked goods: Okay, hear us out! Similar to blending them into a smoothie, baking different vegetables into your favorite desserts helps pack in the nutrients without compromising the flavor (we promise)! Beans are typically the easiest to add to baked goods as a fat replacement for butter or oil. Other routes you could go — pumpkin cookies, carrot-apple muffins, or dark chocolate chip zucchini bread.