Eating vegetables (and fruits) is probably one of the greatest shortfalls of the average American diet. Here's how you can make it a whole lot easier to get in your fruits and vegetables.
Eat a serving of vegetables at breakfast.
Here's a few ideas:
Add vegetables to scrambled eggs - chop and sauté half a sweet onion or a bell pepper, or even add some spinach toward the end to wilt.
Try a smoothie with some added veggies - vegetables that taste GREAT in smoothies include cucumber, zucchini, or spinach (no joke).
Try some butternut squash with cheese and sausage for a savory, unique breakfast.
Spread some avocado on toast - if you haven't tried it yet, it's about time!!
Try the "Yes, and..." technique.
Choosing foods to eat doesn't have to be so black or white, good or bad. It doesn't have to be the pizza OR the salad... it can be both!
You can order a pizza, AND enjoy a side salad or some baby carrots with it.
You can have mac and cheese, AND add some cauliflower rice (it's good - I've tried it, can confirm).
You can have fried rice, AND add some stir-fried broccoli.
Stop thinking "either or", and instead ADD it in.
Prepare them in a way you actually LIKE them.
Whether that means dipping your veggie sticks in ranch dressing or sautéing them in some butter, enjoying vegetables the way you like them DOES NOT diminish the health benefits they contain.
In fact, many vitamins found in vegetables are best absorbed cooked with a source of fat, like butter.
Either way, cauliflower with cheese or cauliflower without cheese is STILL cauliflower.
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Opt for frozen or canned vegetables when you're in a pinch.
Contrary to popular belief, frozen and canned vegetables are not less nutritious than their fresh counterparts - in fact, the opposite is true in many cases!
Fresh fruits and vegetables often have to be picked before they're truly ripe, so that they're just perfect by the time they reach the grocery stores. This means they aren't able to develop the full nutritional profile by ripening on the vine (or branch, or whatever).
On the flip side, frozen products are harvested and often frozen within a day, meaning they're picked at an optimum time. Not to mention, they're MUCH more affordable in many cases!