We all know that eating more vegetables provides us with nutritional benefits and helps us feel our best, but what if you don’t like the taste or have some picky eaters in the household? Never fear—there are ways to sneak in extra veggies to your regular meals. Let’s look at some ways to get more veggies into your diet that even the fussiest of eaters won’t be able to detect.
Veggie Loaded Sauces and Soups
Adding a handful of finely chopped vegetables to homemade sauces, gravies and soups is an easy way to get more veggies into your family’s diet. Try adding grated carrots, celery, onions, mushrooms or zucchini to tomato sauce for an added bonus of nutrition without sacrificing flavor. Or why not try adding pureed cooked cauliflower or sweet potatoes to soup—it adds flavor and creaminess without a lot of extra fat or calories! An immersion blender can be very handy when it comes to making veggies disappear.
Nutrient Packed Smoothies
Smoothies are a great way to add nutrient dense fruits and vegetables into your day, along with extra fiber—without any fuss! Start with fruit, milk and yogurt for a delicious breakfast smoothie and then toss in a handful of leafy greens such as spinach or kale into your blender. You might not even notice the difference in taste. For an extra nutritional boost, try adding chia seeds or flaxseed oil as well. You can even use frozen fruits or vegetables if you don’t have fresh ones on hand; they blend just as easily. Adding an apple or handful of berries can provide a dose of sweetness to make the vegetables go down easier.
Zucchini Oatmeal Muffins
Oatmeal muffins make a great grab-and-go breakfast option—but did you know that you can add shredded zucchini for an extra dose of nutrition? Simply replace ¼ cup of flour with ¼ cup of grated zucchini (no need to peel it first!) before baking. The result? Deliciously moist oatmeal muffins full of hidden nutrients that even picky eaters will love.
Beyond Banana Bread
Banana bread can be pretty healthy if you leave out the chocolate chips, but have you tried making loaves with different veggies? Zucchini bread, pumpkin loaf, carrot cake loaf and even sweet potato loaf are all packed with veggies and make a tasty snack or quick breakfast. Have a look online and you’ll find tons of recipes to try.
Sneaking in extra veggies doesn’t have to be difficult or time consuming; it’s all about getting creative in the kitchen. And of course we have plenty of fresh, seasonal vegetables to choose from at Quality Greens. With these tricks up your sleeve, you’ll have no problem getting more veggies into your diet—and that’s something everyone can feel good about!