Eat Your Vegetables: 15 Tips for Veggie Haters
Try these easy ways to get more vegetables into your diet.
Eat More Vegetables Tip No. 2: Try them in soup.
Embellish your favorite soups with added veggies. Some homemade soups
already contain a nice amount of vegetables, but most canned and commercial
choices can stand to have their veggie quota bumped up. I love adding carrots
to chicken noodle soup, and edamame or green beans to minestrone. Just add the
raw or frozen vegetables while you are cooking or heating the soup.
Eat More Vegetables Tip No. 3: Slip them into salads.
Load your salads with all the veggies you enjoy (or at least tolerate). The
options include cucumber, grated carrots, zucchini, green beans, onions,
radishes, jicama, tomato, broccoli or cauliflower florets. You can even use
spinach leaves instead of lettuce.
Eat More Vegetables Tip No. 4: Serve them raw.
Raw veggies can be more appetizing than their cooked counterparts to people
who aren't crazy about vegetables. The flavors of raw veggies can be milder
than those of cooked ones. And the texture is crispy, rather than mushy.
Eat More Vegetables Tip No. 5: Take raw vegetables skinny dipping.
There's nothing like a little light ranch dressing or onion dip to make a
platter of raw veggies disappear. Make it super easy by using bottled light
ranch, bleu cheese, or Italian dressing. To make light onion dip, stir onion
soup mix into some fat-free or light sour cream.
Eat More Vegetables Tip No. 6: Sneak them into spaghetti and pizza.
Most people like spaghetti and pizza, which makes them a good place to sneak
in some vegetables. Chop any vegetables your family likes (zucchini, onions,
eggplant, broccoli, celery, carrots) and add them to the spaghetti sauce. The
smaller you chop them, the less likely anyone will notice that they're there.
Vegetables can also be a tempting topping for your pizza, adding fiber and
nutrients. Any combination of the following will work well: fresh tomato,
onion, bell pepper, mushroom, zucchini, artichoke hearts, fresh basil leaves,
and chopped spinach.
Eat More Vegetables Tip No. 7: Drink your vegetables.
There are several good veggie juices on the market (V-8 or carrot juice),
even veggie-fruit juice blends that taste great. Or, create your own veggie
blend juice by blending some carrot juice with a fruit juice (like mango,
tangerine, or orange juice).
Eat More Vegetables Tip No. 8: Increase the fun factor.
Let's face it: some vegetables are just more fun to eat than others. Corn on
the cob (especially when grilled) continues to be fun into adulthood. So are
veggie kabobs, and celery sticks filled with natural peanut butter or light
cream cheese. And a zucchini half, tomato, bell pepper, or portobello mushroom
stuffed with a savory filling can be as elegant as it is fun.