The eternal struggle of eating enough vegetables… Those who can relate know what I’m talking about. We all know how important it is to get your veggies in; according to the orthomolecular medicine, you need 700 grams of vegetables a day! If you’re not used to eating vegetables that is quite a lot. However, I may have found some strategies (if you will) that have helped me a ton, and I figured that you may be benefitting from them as well.
Vegetables (especially organic ones) are full of vitamins and minerals which are essential for our bodies. Did you know that in order for your body to function properly it needs 15 essential nutrients that can’t be produced by the body itself? Those include Magnesium (spinach), Iron (mushrooms) and Calcium (broccoli). If you consistently eat vegetables and bring variety in them, your body will benefit from that tremendously.
So let’s move on to what you’re all here for…
6 easy ways to eat more vegetables
Sipping from some soup aren’t ya?
I love soups. You can literally throw in the most random vegetables with some vegetable broth and let everything cook (not too much). After that, you just have to process everything with a blender so you can enjoy your delicious meal.
One of my favorite soups is broccoli soup.
Here’s what you need:
- 1 leek, sliced
- 1 broccoli, broken into florets
- onion, diced
- vegetable broth
- salt and pepper, add to taste
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
Pour a tablespoon of coconut oil in a large sauce pan. Add the pieces of onion and bake till they’re glazed. Add the rest of the ingredients, season with some salt and pepper, and bring to a boil. Let simmer for around 7 minutes and transfer to a blender. Process till smooth. Reheat the soup for around 2 minutes. And you’re done! Top your soup with some chives or even smoked salmon flakes and you’ve made yourself some healthy deliciousness.
Every time I hear the word salads, I get slightly demotivated. The reason behind this, is that I seem to fall back on the same salad again and again. Does anyone recognize this too? But thankfully, we have the internet for some ideas. Especially Pinterest (addict-alert). I love to browse Pinterest for some inspiration. You’ve got literally over a thousand recipes for salads. And don’t underestimate the effect of a side salad. I love the kick of a fresh salad next to a warm meal. And it will get you some more veggies in too!
Ever heard of Buddha bowls? They’re basically bowls with grains/rice, beans, a lot of vegetables and some sauce. I recently tried this one, and let me tell you, it was delicious! They’re very filling, so if you’re prone to cravings after your meal, consuming one of these bowls will help you with that!
Green smoothies have been quite the hype lately. And with a good reason. Green smoothies are delicious (I know it doesn’t sound like that), nutritious and easy to make. All you need is a blender, some fruit, vegetables (especially the leafy greens, like spinach and kale) and water. If you’re new to green smoothies, you have to let your body adjust to this boost of vitamins. Especially if you’re not used to eating vegetables. At first, you have to add more fruits than vegetables to help your body get used to them. These more-fruit-than-veg-smoothies taste sweet and are a real treat. The more advanced green smoothie drinker will be seeing himself add more vegetables than fruit.
I also have a favorite in this category:
- 2 bananas
- a handful of spinach
- optional: some dates
- optional: protein powder
Slice the bananas and put them (with the dates and/or protein powder) in a blender Add water till the pieces are under water. Blend until smooth. Add the spinach and blend again until smooth. You will be amazed at how yummy this smoothie tastes.
Another way to eat more vegetables (without even noticing it), is eating vegetables as a snack. To make it a little bit more fun, you can use a dip like hummus. This idea is also great for a party. Fill up a large plate with sliced cucumbers, bell peppers, carrots and celery and serve with hummus.
I always feel great after a day of eating more vegetables. I would love to hear your tips if you have any. Share them in the comments section below!