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6 Delicious Ways to Eat a Little Healthier (You Won't Even Notice!)

Making veggies a big part of your daily diet is a must because they're low in calories, high in fiber, and contain so many beneficial nutrients. But even if you don't grab a green juice every morning or pile on the greens at night, there are ways to make your day a little bit healthier, without even realizing it. Here are six delicious recipes for sneaking veggies into your diet.

Chocolate Zuccini Bread

Photo: Jenny Sugar

The secret ingredient in this vegan brownie bread? Shredded zucchini, which helps bulk up your dessert's fiber power. If you're not into zucchini bread, try adding spinach to your next batch of vegan brownies.

Broccoli Slaw Pasta

Photo: Leta Shy

This broccoli slaw "pasta" helps quiet carb cravings, and the classic Italian flavors mask the fact that you're actually eating a huge bowl of veggies.

Carrot-Ginger Dressing

Photo: Lizzie Fuhr

This carrot-ginger dressing isn't just for salads; it makes a great marinade or sauce for meat as well. So even if your dinner doesn't include a plate of greens, keep this dressing on hand as a great way to sneak some carrots that are rich in vitamin A into your diet.

Vegan Mango-Pineapple Ice Cream

Photo: Jenny Sugar

Don't let the bright green color of this banana, mango, and pineapple "ice cream" put you off; this vegan treat is a creamy way to satiate frozen cravings. Spinach gives the ice cream its fun hue, but you won't be able to taste the veggie.

Turkey Sausage Egg Muffins

Photo: Leta Shy

These turkey sausage egg muffins are your best deal when it comes to the morning rush. Chock-full of protein as well as fiber-rich broccoli, it's kind of like eating a healthier, tastier, and more portable version of an Egg McMuffin sandwich.

Banana Smoothie Muffins

Photo: Jenny Sugar

Spinach is an ideal vegetable to add to almost anything, since its mild taste won't overpower the flavors you want. These banana smoothie brownies are the perfect example of when baking with spinach just works.

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goatimpact goatimpact 6 years
That squash spaghetti idea is intriguing. Do you just cook it in sauce?
apettit apettit 6 years
I regularly eat a lot of fruit & veggies but when I'm ordering food, I always ask for extra veggies or veggies instead of starch. Also - when ordering a sandwich, add more veggies onto the sandwich instead of bacon, mayo, salami, etc. The veggies will fill you up AND do more for your body than a chunk of processed meat.
crystalvillage06 crystalvillage06 6 years
TidalWave for a lot of children it's not that they don't like vegetables; it's that they don't want to try them at all. By making "pasta noodles" out of zucchini it looks like a familiar dish that my son has had and liked before. He know's he is eating zucchini or eggplant or whatever the vegetable may be but the presentation makes him much more willing to eat it. From there it has been much easier to get him to try other things by pointing out that he has had that certain vegetable in another form. I don't think it's right to say there is an across the board way to get kids to eat healthy. It's whatever works for the family.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I think one of the best ways to get kids to learn to love veggies is to let them eat them raw. Lots of veggies don't taste as strong when they're raw vs. cooked. I used to DETEST spinach because the only way I'd ever eaten it was cooked until it was slimy and soft. When I tried it raw, I absolutely loved it. Same with a lot of the cruciferous veggies like brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, etc.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 6 years
What's the standard measurement when adding/hiding pureed vegetables into baked goods? I'd like to give this a try with my family....
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 6 years
if you've ever dealt with a kid who will not touch anything green, sneaking veggies is a perfectly normal way to get nutritious food into your kid. my sister was a hugely picky eater as a child and our mom used to make her "Turbo Muffins" -- she'd put powdered condensed milk, spinach, egg yolks, zucchinis, etc. the muffins were brownish green and probably contained hundreds to thousands of calories, but my sister loved them, and never knew there were so many veggies inside. today, she is one of the most adventurous, healthy eaters I know.
TidalWave TidalWave 6 years
I've read quite a bit on this topic and don't think that it's the best idea to "sneak" or "hide" vegetables into food; especially for children. Sure, they're eating them, but they're not <i>learning to eat them</i>. Just suck it up and learn how to make them taste good instead of pureeing them into everything, making vegetables look even less appetizing.Broccoli in mac and cheese is delicious! I never would have considered that "sneaking" in a vegetable. It's just a really good dish!
TidalWave TidalWave 6 years
I've read quite a bit on this topic and don't think that it's the best idea to "sneak" or "hide" vegetables into food; especially for children. Sure, they're eating them, but they're not learning to eat them. Just suck it up and learn how to make them taste good instead of pureeing them into everything, making vegetables look even less appetizing. Broccoli in mac and cheese is delicious! I never would have considered that "sneaking" in a vegetable. It's just a really good dish!
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