More Vegetables Please! Easy Ways To Add More Veggies to Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Did you know? A vegetable rich diet reduces risk of heart disease, diabetes, stroke and some cancers as well as lowering pressure and the risk of eye and digestive problems. Vegetables also regulate the appetite, preventing obesity and promoting good health. diet.
Why should you and your family love veggies and eat more of them? For starters, vegetables contain high amounts of water and are therefore hydrating. Here are some easy tips to add more veggies to every meal of the day.
•In a bit of olive oil, sauté onions, peppers, zucchini and garlic for a few minutes and then add your eggs or tofu and spinach leaves for a healthier scramble.
•Add cubed pumpkin or butternut squash to your morning hot cereal. Pureed pumpkin is fine as well. Sprinkle with nuts, seeds and cinnamon.
•Add a handful of leafy greens to your morning smoothie.
•Add shredded zucchini to your next muffin recipe.
•Add pureed pumpkin or other winter squash to your pancake batter in lieu of some of the fat. Less fat, more veggies!
•On your next sandwich or wrap, add some grated carrots and zucchini, sprouts and lettuce. All of them, not just one of them.
•Add pureed peas to your next guacamole recipe.
•Steam the stems of the broccoli, puree and add to hummus to guacamole. Brocomoli!
•Add grated carrots and slices of cooked butternut squash to your next grilled-cheese sandwich.
•Add minced red peppers, celery, red onion and shredded carrots to your next tuna salad recipe.
•A big green salad for lunch is an easy way to add more veggies to your life. Go light on the high-fat salad dressing.
•Add some spinach leaves to your homemade hummus or place store-bought hummus in your blender and add spinach leaves yourself.
•For a snack try sliced jicama with salsa. Also good is jicama rubbed with lime juice and sprinkled with chili powder.
Patty James Cooking School and Nutrition
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