Why is there a picture of an intense-looking dessert on this post? Well, that dessert is actually breakfast and that breakfast actually has a good serving of vegetables in it. Are you trying to eat healthier? Looking to swap out carbs for a leaner substitute? Aiming to get more nutrition in your daily diet? Read on to get your daily serving of veggies and not once touch a salad.
- Start with breakfast. I can’t even tell you the last time I had cereal. My ideal breakfast is a combination of healthy fats, protein and a little natural sweetness. Eggs can be your best friend when trying to aim to get in your vegetables first thing in the morning. Try adding sauteed broccoli and spinach to your scrambled eggs, or making a spinach and bell pepper omelette. You can also try a breakfast sandwich: fried egg, tomato, spinach, arugula, and avocado in between two slices of Ezekiel toast. Add a little salt and pepper to taste. This blog has a fantastic recipe for zucchini egg white oats (as pictured).
- Have a sneaky smoothie. One of the best ways to get in a quick dose of greens without even realizing it is by putting them in a drink. Kale adds a bit of texture to your smoothie while spinach blends easily. Avocado also adds a nice creaminess and is great if you’re looking to add in healthy fats. I love to keep pre-portioned bags of spinach in the freezer and toss them in the blender with the other ingredients for a no-hassle way to get your Popeye on. Note: There have been mixed reviews about how nutritional green juices actually are, so try to stick with smoothies.
- Snack it out. If its 3pm and you’re coming to the realization that you’ve fallen off the wagon today, its time get in your greens. Snacking on vegetables is a great way to make up for missed servings. To be sure you won’t make excuses, chop up veggies at the beginning of the week and put them into containers with a 1/4 cup serving of hummus. Keep them in the fridge as healthy ammo to kick late afternoon snack-attacks!
- Spiralizer superpower. I’ve fallen in love with anything and everything spiralized. Spiralized zucchini (AKA, “zoodles”) make a fabulous alternative to starchy pasta, sweet potato spirals taste great sautteed with turkey burger and spices… Get creative! Or when in doubt, resort to Pinterest.