I recently had a serious energy crash (I’m talking could barely get myself up off the couch to do anything for days and days kind of crash). To get myself out of it, I did a lot of research on things like The Adrenal Re-set Diet.
In the end, one of the HUGEST factors for me finding my energy again was simply to start eating vegetables all. day. long.
My goal is seriously to have some sort of vegetable pretty much every time I eat. As you can imagine, this is not always easy! So today I’ve asked our contributor Kristin to help with a roundup of 30 doable ways to eat your veggies all day long.
Even if you’re the world’s-healthiest-eater, it can still be hard to get in all the recommended vegetable servings in a day.
Let’s face it, fruit just tastes better.
But before you give up on meeting your daily vegetable eating goals, take a look at the list we put together. It has 30 easy ways that you can help vegetables taste amazing, use them as substitutes for bread and pasta or even sneak them into other foods.
Just slightly tweaking your diet can really boost your energy and give your body all the vitamins and nutrients it needs.
- Let’s start with an easy one. Cooking Light recommends starting one meal a day with a small salad to get in an extra few servings of vegetables.
- Or you can super-size your salad and use one meal a day to load up on all the veggies.
- The Greatist blog recommends adding cooked cauliflower to your egg scramble. It blends right in and you won’t even realize it’s there.
- You could also start your day with a broccoli and cheddar quiche and the recipe can be found on All You.
- We also love started out the day with a slice of avocado toast like All You.
- If you really want to get sneaky, add a handful of spinach to your breakfast smoothie. Spinach is tasteless when it’s blended in with other fruits and milk. Healthmakers tells us about all the weight loss benefits of starting out the day with a green smoothie.
- Speaking of sneaky, Cooking Light shows us how to add shredded vegetables into your pasta sauce as another way to add a serving of vegetables to dinner.
- Greatist suggests making veggie grilled cheese. Arugula, tomato, and avocado make awesome additions.
- And the Vegetarian Times highlight all the different types of vegetables that can be used to make a ‘chip.’ Move over potatoes!
- Another favorite chip is the kale chip. Health shows us how to make it and how to make it taste great.
- Sometimes it’s worth it to buy vegetables packaged. Beets can be a pain to peel and messy to cut, so Family Circle recommends purchasing those already washed and cut, along with other types of vegetables.
- Another item that is worth purchasing at the store are veggie chips. They are sold in so many different ways and they’re great to throw in with lunch. Family Circle shows us their favorite brands.
- Cooking Light says another easy way to get in more green is to use lettuce as a wrap for your sandwich or burger.
- Let’s talk dips– this sun dried tomato and artichoke dip seen on Whole Living looks amazing.
- I love hummus, so the idea of trying this fresh pea hummus on Health sounds perfect.
- Another twist on hummus is this sweet potato version by Whole Living.
- Salsas are another great way to get in a serving of vegetables. Try this pineapple cucumber and avocado salsa by Vegetarian Times.
- Another salsa to try is the jicama salsa by Health.
- If you’re feeling snack-y try the parmesan-crusted zucchini fries by Health. Or you can serve them as a side dish at dinner.
- Roasted edamame by Vegetarian Times fits the bill for snacking or a healthy side dish.
- If crunch is what you’re after, get into the marinated jicama sticks by Health.
- Ok so these aren’t actually vegetables but our roasted chickpeas are crunchy and so satisfying.
- If you’re craving guacamole, but don’t have the time to whip up a batch, try Whole Living’s recipe for avocado drizzled with olive oil, salt pepper and lime.
- Another way to fit in more vegetables is to substitute them for pasta. Cooking Light shows up how to use spaghetti squash in lieu of spaghetti noodles.
- Or you can spiralize zucchini like Inspiralize for your pasta night.
- Not only does zucchini make a good pasta, but it can also be used to make a pizza crust. BuzzFeed shows us how!
- Add a side of soup to your lunch, like this cauliflower soup by All You.
- Or eat all your power foods for lunch like this quinoa kale bowl by BuzzFeed.
- And if you simply get bored of eating vegetables, pick up a different colored version of your favorite. Family Circle shows us colored cauliflower and carrots to switch things up.
- Keep yourself accountable by adding a Meatless Monday. Cooking Light gives us lots of ideas for Meatless Monday dinners.
For more ideas, check out this vegetarian cookbook from one of our favorite food publishers, America’s Test Kitchen:
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