5 Ways to Sneak More Veggies Into Your Diet

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5 Ways to Sneak More Veggies Into Your Diet

Your mom wasn’t wrong. Eating your vegetables is one of the best ways to live a healthier lifestyle. And if you’re following a weight loss plan, you will notice that vegetables seem to be pretty important. But between time (spent chopping and slicing) and your rebellious taste buds, maybe veggie-based meals aren’t your favorite. Here are five ways to incorporate more vegetables in your diet, that would make Mom proud.

Shop local. Many vegetables are picked before peak ripeness, and then shipped across the country where they sit on a grocery store shelf for days before finally making it home with you. The result is reduced flavor and a less desirable texture. If you shop local farmer’s markets, you can avoid all of those problems and access fresh, tasty vegetables that are also more nutritious.

Use pre-cut veggies. Many grocery stores sell pre-cut vegetables, which will cut down on your meal prep times. You can also rely upon frozen varieties. Some are less tasty, and the texture might be “off”, so determine which ones are acceptable and stock those in your freezer. Buy fresh veggies to fill in the gaps.

Determine your texture requirements. For many people, dislike of vegetables comes down to a texture issue. Try cooking them in various ways, for differing periods of time. If you decide that crunchy is the way to go, you only need to steam or grill your veggies for a few minutes. If you like them more fully cooked, then include more veggies in roasted dishes or stews.

Add flavor. Many vegetables, on their own, don’t really have a lot of flavor. That sounds like bad news, but it’s actually a good thing. You can dress them up quite easily, by adding a small amount of butter, a drizzle of oil, or some herbs or spices.

Experiment with new varieties. Maybe you’re just tired of the same old peas and carrots. Make a point of trying one new vegetable each week, to see what else is out there. You might surprise yourself!

For more information on how vegetables fit into your overall weight loss plan, or anti-aging regimen, give us a call. We will help you put together a plan that helps you drop unwanted pounds while promoting better health in the long run.