Getting Your Greens Into Your Diet


We all know the importance of a healthy, balanced diet. It’s important that you provide your body with the food it needs to fuel it and maintain it as best possible. This will take a lot of work and planning, as well as time for your healthy eating to become a habit. We all experience individual challenges in this journey, but for many of us, a common challenge is getting sufficient vegetables into our daily meals and snacks. Here are a few unique ways to achieve this goal.

Supplements

While it’s important that you get plenty of whole vegetables through your diet, you can fill in occasional gaps with supplements. Consider taking options like super greens with water or stirred into a smoothie. This will help you top up your vitamin levels.

Green Smoothies

Green smoothies are a great way to quickly pack many vegetables into one, easy to consume portion. Consider starting the day with a green smoothie that combines all your favorite vegetables – or those you don’t enjoy so much – with either water or coconut water. Alternatively, you could add some vegetables to a fruit smoothie combined with plant-based milk.

Vegetable Snacks

We’re used to snacking on unhealthy foods and junk foods. Crisps, cakes, biscuits and more contribute a significant portion of our diets. But instead, why not consider snacking on vegetables instead? There are plenty of ways to do this, while keeping things fun and tasty. Carrot sticks with hummus, sliced peppers with hummus, vegetable crisps, stuffed bell pepper halves, sweet potato fries, cauliflower bites, roasted broccoli and more are all great options. They also pack well in tin foil if you want to take them out and about with you.

Greens With Dinner

You should ensure that every evening meal you have is paired with at least one portion of greens. There are greens that go with every meal you could imagine – either as part of the meal or as a side. If you’re unsure what greens to have with your meal, take a look online. There’s plenty of inspiration and free recipes out there that you can try out. Who knows – you might find a new favorite!

Try Veggie or Vegan Dishes

Why not make vegetables the main event to look forward to in a meal? You may also want to consider some vegetarian or vegan dishes throughout the week, as this automatically encourages you to consume more vegetables as part of your usual routine. Rather than a steak, you could try a seared aubergine. Rather than chicken nuggets, you could try battered vegetable goujons or spinach bites. Vegetarian and vegan options are becoming much more widely available, with more recipes making their way online as days pass.

Hopefully, some suggestions above will suit you down to a tee, helping you incorporate more vegetables into your daily meals and snacks.

Willow Stevens

Willow is a mother of six who begins to feel the empty nest, with faer oldest child living with his long-time girlfriend in another state, and the next three begin their talks about jobs and the excitement of college and living alone. Willow started couponing in 2007 to save their family some money on the grocery budget. That's how Freetail Therapy was born, so that fae could share their knowledge of saving money with others. Though the site has become so much more since then, and now includes homeschooling and homesteading info, Willow still does it all on a budget and shares how. Willow enjoys snagging freebies, snuggling with their dog, Xander, drinking decaf coffee, gardening, cannabis and of course, their large frugal family.

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