20 Ways to Eat More Vegetables

At Eager for Life, there is one thing that I am really passionate about more than anything.

I want everybody to eat more vegetables!

Veggie Face

Whatever eating philosophy you follow (and everyone has an opinion on this), one thing is certain. That eating vegetables is good for your health. A 2014 study undertaken at University College, London showed that people who ate seven or more portions of fruit and vegetables a day had a 42% lower risk of death at any point in time than those who ate less than one portion.

But how can you make sure that your plate is full of vegetables?

Here are some great ideas:

1. Start your day with a smoothie which includes lots of greens

2. Juice! Vegetables are much better to juice than fruit because they don’t spike your sugar levels as much as fruit juice does. Beetroot, carrot, ginger and celery are a great combination.

3. Make Mondays meat free and pile your plate full of vegetables

4. Make a dip with vegetables such as sweet potato or beetroot hummus

5. Swap crackers for vegetables with your dip i.e carrot, celery, capsicum. Or try my celery leaf pesto

6. Visit your local market. Talk to the farmers and get some new recipe ideas

7. Replace fries/chips with a salad

8. Make a big pot of soup with lots of vegetables

9. Throw some spinach leaves into your stir fry/curry/stew/soup just before serving so it only just wilts 

10. Ensure that your freezer contains some frozen veggies (spinach, carrots, peas etc) so that you always have vegetables in the house

11. Buy a bag of ready cut vegetables if you work late. Then you can come home and make up a quick stir fry

12. Roast a big tray of vegetables on the weekend and use in salads and wraps for lunches or lasagna or chilli for dinner

13. Make Zucchini noodles instead of pasta

14. Get your vegetables delivered each week-then there are no excuses!

15. Research new ways to use vegetables. Can you stir fry Brussel sprouts with some onions and garlic for a new taste on this veggie? (Hint: highly recommended compared to boiling them like my parents did!)

16. Make kale chips instead of potato chips-the whole family will love these!

17. Use lettuce or cabbage instead of bread or wheat wraps

18. Make a big pot of tomato sauce and throw in lots of vegetables. Can be frozen and batched

19. Make my non-dairy cheese sauce, packed full of vegetables and great served over more vegetables!

20. Try experimenting with adding vegetables such as beetroot and zucchini to cakes and slices

So here are 20 ideas of how to get more vegetables into your daily diet. Have you got any more ideas? Comment below. I’d love to hear what you do, especially if you have children.

For some recipe ideas please head to my website:

http://www.eagerforlife.com.au/category/recipes/

2 thoughts on “20 Ways to Eat More Vegetables”

  1. Absolutely love this list Melanie! I’m not keen on green smoothies, but I do love a cooked breakfast! I lightly stir-fry zucchini, cherry tomatoes, asparagus, mushrooms, with chilli and lime juice and top with an egg. It’s so yummy! If I start the day with toast, I want bread all day. I find if I eat less bread, I eat more veges!! Thank goodness for zucchini noodles!! Saving this post!!

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