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How to Eat More Veggies

How to Incorporate More Veggies Into Your Diet

According to MyPlate, Michelle Obama's recent replacement of the the food pyramid, vegetables should dominate the American diet.

However, I'm the first to admit that I probably don't eat enough vegetables: cheese and chorizo are so much more delicious!

To promote the consumption of more leafy greens and in-season produce, I'm suggesting that we all make a conscious effort to change our diets. You ready to eat more veggies? Keep reading to see my pro-vegetable plan.

  • Make one meal a day be a hearty salad. Serve a giant bowl of mixed fruit for breakfast or offer tomatoes and avocados topped with a soft-boiled egg. For lunch, toss mixed greens with your favorite grilled vegetables. Or combine a small amount of grains with lots of veggies like mushrooms, broccoli, and roasted red peppers. Make a steak or grilled chicken salad for dinner.
  • Add greens to everything. Toss a packed handful of spinach into scrambled eggs and layer on turkey sandwiches. Stir dark greens like kale and chard into soup, bean and pasta dishes.
  • Make a weekly batch of roasted or grilled vegetables then add them to sandwiches and salads during the week. Asparagus, eggplant, tomatoes, broccoli rabe, squash, and peppers are all perfect for roasting and grilling.
  • Get rid of the junk food. If you stock your pantry and fridge with healthy foods, like fresh veggies, than you won't be tempted to eat anything else.
  • Dislike some veggies? Add a small portion to a favorite dish. For example, my dad hates asparagus, but when it's sliced thin and put on top of a pizza crust with pesto and feta cheese, he'll eat it!

How do you incorporate more veggies into your diet?

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fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
How could I forget? I usually have a couple trays of Amy's mac and cheese in the freezer. To that, I will steam and mix in whatever veggies I have in the fridge or freezer. Also, a nice way to use up leftover veggies (and meats!) is to make a "junk" omelet with lots of CHEESE! :feedme:
Vanonymous Vanonymous 5 years
Making soup is a good one. I was running out of ideas for all the kale and chard in my CSA, so last night I threw all my veggies (string beans, pepper, carrots, kale, swiss chard, leeks) and added a can of black beans, a can of kidney beans and canned corn - all into a slow cooker. Threw in half a jar of salsa... b/c it was there. Added vegetable broth and left it on over night. Now I'm all set for lunch every day this week!
ticamorena ticamorena 5 years
i can't believe you didn't recommend buying frozen veg or freezing prepared batches of cooked/raw vegetables! it makes preparing meals so much easier. Like lovesitc1, vegetables make up most of my diet, though i'm 100% omnivorous - they're honestly so delicious and satisfying!
lovesitc1 lovesitc1 5 years
Veggies always make up the bulk of my meals. They're filling, low-cal, and healthy . . . . perfect! Being a vegan helps, too, as far as eating lots of veggies.
fuzzles fuzzles 5 years
A salad in a glass! I believe it was FitSugar that posted the idea. Whip up a spicy non-boozey Bloody Mary with lots of mixed veggies for dunking--celery, carrots, olives, pickles, peppadews--whatever floats your boat!
Read2me Read2me 5 years
My husband is not a big veggie eater so I grind up zucchini and mix it into pasta sauce. I also finely chop greens like spinach, kale and chard and hide them in stuff- he thinks they are herbs!
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