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Speak Up: Ways to Sneak Veggies Into Your Diet

Making vegetables a big part of your diet is a must because they're low in calories, high in fiber, and contain so many beneficial nutrients. Not everybody loves to eat their veggies though, so I'm wondering what ideas you have for sneaking them into your diet.

A while back, FitSugar reader andrennabird said she add greens to smoothies. If you have any other tips, please share them in the comment section bellow.

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Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 7 years
My boyfriend HATES veggies, and will refuse to eat anything green. However he loves spices, so when I want him to eat something other than a packet of cookies I cook up a pot of Tibetan noodles, chuck a whole load of veggies he hates into the broth and heavily spice it. You can't taste the veggies at all, and the spices aren't bad for you either, I use Harissa spices so theres a lot of antioxidants!
DivaDivine DivaDivine 7 years
I sneak veggies like pumpkin into pancakes and biscuits. I blend them up in a blender and stir in. I also like using thinly sliced zucchini or squash in place of pasta noodles in homemade lasagnas.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
I love veggies but my husband not so much. He eats corn, broccoli and zucchini. That's it! His mom has really severe intestinal problems and can't eat much more than plain rice, cooked carrots and broiled meat, so he grew up on such a bland diet and is ultra sensitive to everything too. The minute I add any spices or other veggies, he spends the whole night on the toilet and is none too happy with me. The best I can do for him is take finely chopped spinach and mix it in with rice so that he has to eat it unless he wants to spend an hour picking it out of the rice. And trust me, there are days when he will pick every pepper, piece of chopped garlic, spinach out of it. Drives me insane!!!
ella1978 ella1978 7 years
I get lots of fruits and veggies each day, so not really a problem for me. My fiance on the other hand is also not the veggie lover. He has a handful of veggies he likes, and those new steamers (with the cheese) are easy for him, and he'll eat them. Try to get him to have a ceasar salad at least once a week, but that's just lettuce! He's more of a meat and potato guy though. Maybe I'll just try to get him to take a multi viatamin.
shiningeyes shiningeyes 7 years
I had a "Green Monster" myself this morning after my workout. :) Blended spinach in with a banana and some Lean Dessert chocolate protein powder. It is very filling and tastes good too. I also eat lots of salads and load up my sandwiches/wraps with veggies. I snack on veggies, etc.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 7 years
I love these ideas, I love veggies but can never figure out how to utilize them all before they go bad.
Advah Advah 7 years
Kclulu and Vsugar - thanks for the ideas!! I always add veggies to pizza or make a salad to go with it, and try to snack on fruit or carrot/celery sticks at work. I also try to have veggies or a salad with each meal, and I start by eating that before I eat the rest of the meal. That way if I get full before eating everything, it'll be on veggies and not pasta. Otherwise I always stuff myself with pasta, and put the veggies back in the fridge then end up never eating them..
TinaDenali TinaDenali 7 years
Honestly though, if you puree and cook veggies into things like brownies and such, do any of the vitamins and nutrients even remain? I'd think they would be damaged during cooking due to being pureed first. It seems a bit counter intuitive to me.
crystalvillage06 crystalvillage06 7 years
I like using vegetables instead of noodles in pasta dishes. My son eats them without complaint. Eggplant lasagna and squash spaghetti have been big hits!
bluepuppybites bluepuppybites 7 years
I had to buckle down and I bought that cookbook about sneaking veggies into foods. My husband hates veggies and so does my daughter. So far everything I've made from it has been pretty tasty and really to puree a bunch of veggies and freeze them at once doesn't take that long. Just throw a bag of pureed stuff with your food and you're good to go.
Vsugar Vsugar 7 years
My husband and I have green smoothies for breakfast every morning - but they aren't "hidden" like in the photo!! They look green - it's amazing what you can do with a vita mix blender - we put in carrot tops, beet greens, kale, mint, lettuce, cabbage, whatever we have - with just enough fruit - usually a banana, maybe some strawberries, maybe a peach - to make it palatable - you'd be surprised how incredibly good it is, and makes us feel GREAT - it got me off my caffeine addiction - I seriously don't think that switching to amphetamines could have gotten me off coffee, but the green smoothies did the trick. Awesome.
kclulu kclulu 7 years
Ahh the veggie in the smoothie thing, I forgot about trying that. I am glad Fitsugar posted this to remind me. I always end up throwing out Spinach that goes old before I can eat it all anyway so hopefully it tastes as good as everyone seems to think!
TinaDenali TinaDenali 7 years
I also like to make my own spaghetti sauce and add in lots of fresh veggies. My husband and I love mac n cheese as our guilty pleasure, but I always put fresh broccoli in it (Broc Mac!) to add veggies.
cg130 cg130 7 years
I loooove veggies, so I never need to worry about this!
Spectra Spectra 7 years
I don't have a problem getting all the veggies I need, but my husband is a different story. I have to sneak veggies into him whenever I can. One of my favorite tricks is to saute assorted veggies and then mix them with marinara sauce for spaghetti. I'll also put lots of veggies into chili so he can't really taste them. He also eats veggies when they're mixed up with eggs and cheese, so I make omelettes or frittatas with veggies in them.
fleurdelispink fleurdelispink 7 years
Adding green to smoothies is a great idea that I also use! On top of that, I'll snack on vegetable chips, put a few on top of pizzas, and sneak them in sandwiches or big salads.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 7 years
I like to put my own veggies in marinara sauce when I eat pasta. Also, if I have a frozen pizza, I'll do the same for that. I like to put on frozen spinach or some mushrooms.
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