Did you know only 1 in 10 adults get enough vegetables?
While each journey towards living a healthy lifestyle is unique, one thing all nutritionists can agree on is the importance of veggies as they are a great source of healthy nutrients. That’s why, in the spirit of National Nutrition Month, Profile coaches have compiled a list of 10 hacks to help you get your vegetables.
1) Pre-cut and wash your veggies
Prepare a whole week’s worth of vegetables over the weekend so they’re ready to grab and eat or add to the meals you’re cooking. Extra busy? Many grocery stores have pre-cut and washed veggies in the produce aisle.
2) Swap it out
A great way to get more veggies in is with starch swaps. Switch noodles for roasted spaghetti squash or spiralized zucchini. Cauliflower can be made into rice, pizza crust, or enjoyed like mashed potatoes. Here are some recipes to try for starch swaps:
3) Drink your veggies
If you struggle with getting veggies in at mealtime, you can either juice vegetables or blend them up in a smoothie. Here are some yummy recipes to try:
4) Dip them
Make veggies a part of snack time with a yummy dip! Try hummus with carrot chips. Or you can even have veggies be a part of the dip with a savory spinach artichoke dip.
5) Eat veggies for breakfast
Ensure you get your veggies in for the day by starting early! Many breakfast recipes are delicious with veggies added. An easy way to do this: Microwave your choice of chopped veggies and add an egg. Heat for 2-3 minutes, or until cooked.
6) Go stir crazy
A delicious way to enjoy a veggie-packed meal is a stir-fry! Here are some of our favorite stir-fry recipes:
7) Frozen veggies for the win
A great option when you’re having an extra busy week is frozen vegetables. Add a bag of vegetable steamers to soup for a quick and complete lunch.
8) Wrap it up
Enjoy your favorite sandwich fillings while adding more vegetables to your day with lettuce wraps. Butter lettuce leaves, swiss chard, and cabbage leaves are good options. Wrap up a burger, chicken salad, or try these Thai Lettuce Wraps.
9) Turn your vegetables into chips
Get your crunch on while eating up your veggies. Many vegetables can be cut thin and baked in the oven to make delicious chips. Try our Baked Veggie Chips recipe to get started!
10 ) Pack them into pasta sauce
Is spaghetti on the menu? Add mushrooms, peppers, and zucchini to your spaghetti sauce for a veggie-packed, flavorful meal.
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