“Eat Your Veggies!”
This is something I am sure we all heard growing up from our parents, and they were right! Vegetables are an important part of our diets, but we don’t eat enough. Regardless if you are doing the 800 Gram Challenge or not, I think we can all agree to try to increase your intake of fruits and veggies will not only help you in the gym but improve life outside as well. We can help you find ways to add more fruits and vegetables to your diet. These are three ways to get your daily intake of fruits and vegetables.
1. Veggies for Breakfast
Get your morning started strong with some grams of vegetables. Although it may seem taboo to add vegetables to your breakfast, we will show you that it is possible. Here’s a quick recipe for smoothies if you already make them. You can add these greens to your fruit smoothie. You won’t taste the spinach or any other greens when you add berries to your smoothie, and perhaps a nut butter.
Are smoothies not your thing? Do you like to prepare your breakfast in advance? This recipe is for you. Egg muffins. Yes, that’s right. Think of eggs and vegetables as muffins. Cut up the vegetables and place them in a muffin pan. Add eggs to the top. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes. This recipe is easy to prepare ahead and ensures that your veggies are in the oven no matter how hectic your day is.
Although this last option may seem a little more time-consuming, we have time-saving tips to help you. This is a great way of adding extra vegetables to your meal. This is a basic hash. Sweet potatoes, sweet potatoes, zucchini, onions, and greens could all be included in a hash. You can top it with two medium-sized eggs, or non-runny eggs if you find the idea of runny yolks disgusting. Are you not a fan of eggs? This recipe is great for weekend meal preps. Being at home most of the time allows for extra time to prepare a breakfast such as this. But what happens when everyone returns to their normal schedules? What would you do if you didn’t have the time? It is possible to pre-cook the vegetable hash and then heat it up quickly. Pre-chopping vegetables to be cooked the next day will also save time.
2. Rethink Desserts
Dessert does not have to be a sugary dessert or processed sweets. We could tell you that dessert can be enjoyed while also reducing your intake of fruit. A delicious dessert can be made from fruit. You can make it more delicious by adding dark chocolate or other toppings. Ice cream? Ice cream? It’s as easy as mixing frozen bananas with almond/dairy milk and some vanilla extract to satisfy your ice cream cravings. Additional berries and cacao nibs/chocolate can be added. You can be creative with this one.
3. Enjoy your Veggies
Are you a vegetable-lover who eats all your vegetables because they are bland and tasteless? Continue to eat your veggies because you believe that is how eating vegetables should be done.
I have good news! This doesn’t have to be the case. Seasoning vegetables with salt and spices is a quick and simple way to add flavor. It’s a great way of adding flavor to vegetables by sneaking them into meat dishes. When you cook a meat sauce, add spinach, mushrooms, and onions. Blend it together and you’ll never know! How to prepare tacos and hamburgers Mix ground meat with zucchini and squash in small pieces. This is a great way to get the little ones to eat vegetables. Simmering and soups are a great way to get lots of vegetables in one meal. Make a broth and add meat or legumes to it. Then, throw in as many vegetables as you can.
It doesn’t have be difficult to get your vegetables in. These are three ways to make sure you get your fruits and vegetables in, while still enjoying them.
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