Canada’s Food Guide recommends filling half of your plate with vegetables and fruits. A colorful blend of different vegetables everyday will help you get the fibre, nutrients, and antioxidants your body loves. Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered with 5 super simple and delicious ways to incorporate vegetables into your diet!
1. Keep cut-up vegetables in the fridge for a quick ready-to-go snack
If you have a busy schedule, keeping cut-up vegetables in the fridge makes a great ready-to-go snack. Bell-peppers, carrot sticks, cauliflower, broccoli and cucumber slices are quick and easy!
Crunchy vegetables make a great pair with hummus. You can also pair your veggies with creamy dips, guacamole, hard-boiled eggs, nuts or nut butter to make a well-balanced snack. Check out this blog post for some other snack ideas to fuel your brain.
2. Make your vegetables into chips
Baked veggie chips are crispy, salty, and a perfect snack to share! Almost any root vegetable can be made into chips. Potato, yam, carrot, beet… you name it! Just make sure to slice them very thin to get that satisfying crispiness. Leafy vegetable chips are easier to make and also delicious. Try using kale, spinach, and chard. This blog post provides more details and lots of useful tips on making veggie chips!
3. Blend vegetables into smoothies
Smoothies can be a great way to get an extra serving of vegetables, without compromising the flavour! Leafy greens, like spinach and kale are full of vitamin K and vitamin A and won’t change the flavour of the smoothie too much. Cauliflower, avocado, and carrots are also great additions.
4. Add a vegetable at breakfast
An easy way to do this is by making an omelette! Spinach, onions, tomatoes, bell peppers, bok-choy or mushrooms taste great in an omelette. Add some whole wheat toast to make it a balanced meal. If you are an oatmeal fan, savoury oatmeal is a way to go! (P.S, if you have a sweet tooth, we have lots of delicious sweet oatmeal recipes on our blog, such as this one).
5. Stock up on frozen vegetables
If you find you don’t have enough time to prepare fresh vegetables, try buying frozen vegetables! Frozen produce is just as nutritious as fresh produce, is budget-friendly, and stores well for a long time.
- Roasting frozen vegetables and adding spices. (Here is a great recipe)
- Making stir-fry
- Adding frozen vegetables to your eggs in the morning
There you have it, 5 simple ways to up your veggie intake! Meal-making is a fun, creative process. Embrace your creativity in the kitchen by incorporating veggies into your meals in a way that you enjoy.
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