7 Tips to Eat More Veggies
We all know it, but so commonly don’t do it enough… Eat them veggies!
The American Heart Association recommends 4-5 servings per day (with an additional 4-5 servings of fruit). Unless you are consciously trying to hit this number, it is no easy feat.
The CDC says that only 1 in 10 Americans eat the correct amount of fruits and vegetables per day.
How many servings do you think you are getting?
We all know that getting more nutritious, real foods will support our health, sleep, weight, energy, stress, skin, mood… and yes, the list could go on.
Here is a little mind-shift to consider. It’s not just the added nutrition that you get by eating more vegetables, but what you are not eating that starts to add up. We can only eat so much in a day. So when filling up on the good stuff, there is just less room for the not so good stuff.
Here are some simple tips to get you to the goal of 4-5 servings of veggies in a day.
1. What You Put Out, You Eat
It sounds elementary, however what you buy, you eat. Have a cookie jar sitting out and what do you think you will consume? Sit down with your family and make a list of all the veggies you enjoy. Add that list to your weekly grocery shopping list.
2. Prep & Snack
Make the smart choice, the easy choice. Add in an extra 20 minutes after your grocery shopping to wash, chop and organize your veggies. Snacking on veggies is one of the best ways to increase your daily intake.
Side tip: keeping veggies in plastic bags will help them keep for up to a week longer!
3. Sneak In
Add chopped veggies like carrots, summer squash, zucchini, mushrooms, onion, or celery to hamburger meat, meatloaf, taco meat or meatballs. Also try adding veggies to your red sauce or pesto like this recipe HERE. Use the pulse button on your blender or a food processor to make the pieces super small and undetectable.
Do you spiralize? If not, you should! Replace white pasta for veggie noodles and turn one meal into 2-3 servings of veggies. Sub out wraps by making a romaine lettuce wrap or have your burger over a salad and skip the bun.
Sneaking veggies in to your blended foods like soups and smoothies makes for a tasty and easy 2-3 servings meal. Check out some of these soup & smoothie recipes over on the WHL blog.
6. Don’t Forget About Breakfast
Don’t let your morning pass without at least one serving of veggies. Throw a handful of spinach into your egg scramble, serve your fried egg over greens or add in veggies to your smoothie.
7. Try a Superfoods Shot
Lifeequals created an amazing superfoods shot that is jammed packed with nutrition and equals half your servings of fruits and veggies in a day. It is perfect to bring with you for busy days or when traveling to make sure you get your daily dose of veggies. If you want to try it for free, hit reply to this email and we will send you a free sample. Or use the code KLE50 for 50% off your first order.
Blend, steam, bake, boil, mash or season them up. Get creative with how you prepare your veggies to keep things interesting. Shoot for your daily dose of 4-5 servings and notice how this makes you feel!
How do you sneak in veggies? Comment below and share. I love hearing from you!