A well-rounded diet includes lots of vegetables and not everyone gets the proper amount of vegetables everyday. To make sure the proper amounts of vegetables are consumed everyday, there are a few sneaky things that can be done.
1. Spruce Up a Salad
A salad is already filled with vegetables, but adding more cannot hurt. Add spinach leaves to the lettuce, cut up a new vegetable into small pieces, and add it to the salad. By cutting up vegetables into small pieces, you will be adding extra nutrients to your salad.
2. Add Veggies to Your Favorite Dish
Vegetables can easily be snuck into a lot of dishes. Spaghetti and lasagna are great ones for this. Cut up a vegetable into very small pieces and add them to the sauce. The taste will not change and if you do not tell anyone, they will not even know they're in there. Vegetables can also be added to meat dishes. When making burgers or meatloaf, add diced vegetables to the meat mixture.
3. Make Soups and Stews
Soups and stews are great for adding vegetables. The majority of them already have lots of vegetables, so adding a few more in is easy. Chili is a great dish to add vegetables to. Since the sauce is a reddish color, any type of vegetable can be cut up small and added in. Celery and green peppers are great additions to chili.
4. Blend Veggies into Smoothies
Smoothies traditionally are made from different fruits, but adding a few vegetables will not change the taste and will not be detected. Broccoli works great in smoothies. Cut them up small so they blend easier, and add your normal smoothie ingredients as you would.
5. Have Sliced Veggies on Hand
It sounds simple, but just having different vegetables cut up and ready to go is a good way to get them into your diet. Most vegetables need some preparation time and we do not always want the hassle. If they are already cut up and right in front of you, they will be easy to grab for a quick snack. Have things accessible to go with the veggies, such as hummus, low fat dip or peanut butter.
6. Blend Veggies into a Puree
Blending vegetables up into a puree form makes them very easy to add to any dish. These can be added to any sauce, casseroles, soups or even baked goods. Most casseroles have a sauce; add the pureed vegetables to the sauce. Baked good have a wet mixture before they are baked; add a bit of puree to the mixture and bake. Potatoes are great to add vegetables to, and the pureed vegetables can even be their own dip and eaten with tortilla chips.
Adding vegetables to any diet does not have to be hard. With a little creative thinking, the proper amount of vegetables can be consumed each day.