The health benefits of vegetables are indisputable, but even so most of us have a hard time incorporating the recommended 3-5 daily servings. A serving size of vegetables is roughly a 1/2 cup of cooked vegetables or 1 cup of raw salad vegetables. If you are one who struggles with getting your daily dose here are some tips to incorporate more vegetables:
- Make them accessible- Take the extra time after grocery shopping to wash/chop your vegetables then immediately package them into snack size bags for easy on-the-run access. If you don’t have the extra time, consider buying prewased/chopped vegetables.
- Let veggies take center stage in your meal. Most of us think of the protein we are going to have in our meal first and then add veggies as an after thought if at all. Consider your veggies first instead.
- Fill half your plate at dinner with veggies.
- Aim to get vegetables in every meal (yes, even breakfast). Try adding vegetables to your omelette or having a vegetable smoothie.
- Add vegetables to your sandwiches, pasta, anything at all!
- Make creative salads. Branch out from the typical lettuce and tomatoes routine and incorporate a variety of vegetables (think snap peas, corn kernels, peas, broccoli, etc)
- Make a big pot of vegetable soup on the weekend and package it into tupperware to take to work for lunch all week.
- Retry and experiment with new veggies or ones you may not have tried in awhile.
- Keep frozen vegetables in your fridge. Most frozen veggies still hold their nutritional value and are a quick and easy addition to any meal.
Be Healthy. Be Balanced.
-Alicia and Nikki