Vegetables are an important component to your diet, but we all struggle to get in the proper amount of servings each day. Whether you don’t know how to include vegetables in your diet, or you just don’t like them, here are seven ways to trick yourself into eating vegetables daily.
1. Sneak them into spaghetti or pizza
Chop up some carrots, celery and mushrooms and slip them into your spaghetti sauce. They will blend nicely and the taste of spaghetti will disguise them. The same trick works for pizza. Try placing green peppers, mushrooms and tomatoes on your pizza. They will add some flavour and spice up your pizza!
2. Drink your vegetables
If you have a juicer, you can simply juice a combination of tasty vegetables. If juicing isn’t your thing, all you need is a blender or magic bullet to eat your vegetables. When making a smoothie or protein shake for a snack, add a few pieces or kale or spinach to the mix. It may cause the mixture to turn a funky shade of green, but if you put the perfect amount your shake won’t taste any different than before. For smoothie recipes click here.
3. Cauliflower Kraft Dinner
Cauliflower in kraft dinner? Yes! It actually exists. Kraft Dinner created a sub brand called KD Smart. Although Kraft Dinner is still not all that good for you, it does add to your vegetable intake due to the added cauliflower noodles.
4. Avocado spread
Many people say they don’t like avocado not because of its flavour, but because they can’t get over the odd texture. Avocado is very creamy so if you are making a sandwich, bagel or wrap, try spreading a thin layer of avocado instead of butter or mayonnaise. It is a very healthy alternative and you’ll be surprised to see how much you enjoy the flavour.
5. Scramble them into your breakfast
If you like scrambled eggs, here is a great way to squeeze some vegetables in your diet because it only takes about 5 minutes to make. Dice up some veggies and throw them in the pan with your eggs. Scramble them together and it will taste amazing!
Directions For Veggie Scrambled Eggs:
- Heat olive oil in a skillet or frying pan over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms, onions and peppers; saute until onions are transparent.
- In a mixing bowl, beat together eggs and milk. Add egg mixture to vegetables; stir in tomatoes. Cook until eggs are set. When eggs are almost done, mix in cheese.
6. Everything tastes better with cheese
Great classics like fries, pasta and hamburgers are better with cheese and it’s the same with your vegetables too! Cheese is a great source of calcium and protein but don’t go too crazy when melting some cheese on your broccoli – you still want your meal to be nutritious. Everything is good within moderation when it comes to cheesy goodness!
7. Stuff Them
Eating stuffed peppers, mushroom caps or artichokes is a great way to get someone use to the flavour and texture of these vegetables. You can pretty much stuff them with whatever you’d like – rice, cheese, sautéed onions, etc. and come up with your own unique recipe every time! Here’s one of our favourite stuffed peppers recipes from Martha Stewart that includes Monterey Jack cheese, sausage and onions.