Do You Eat Enough Fruits and Veggies?
For me, fruit is fairly easy to get into my daily plan. Veggies, on the other hand, I am not the biggest fan of, never have been. I have always found them to be plain and boring!
However, in the last few years, I have found some easy ways to jazz them up and now I usually don’t mind eating them at all. I would even go as far as to say I enjoy them. Which can be a monumental step for sure!
I started by juicing them and found they could be tasty but I was adding them with fruit and that increased their sweetness. Then I started dipping them in healthier choices so instead of ranch I used hummus, guacamole, homemade salsas, etc. Definitely better but also gets boring quickly.
Since then I have found some additional ways to make my veggies even tastier! Since my pediatrician wants my kids and me to eat 5 servings of fruits and veggies every single day I thought I would share a few of my go-to, kid-approved recipes for veggies.
- Wasabi Peas (the wasabi flavor is very mild and not at all overpowering). Mix 1 tsp. wasabi powder (found in the ethnic aisle of the grocery store) with 1 tsp. water and let it sit for 5 minutes. Submerge 4 cups sugar snap peas into boiling water for 30 seconds, drain and shock them into ice water to chill (if you peas are really fresh you can skip that part). Drain, pat dry and toss with the wasabi and season with a little sea salt.
- Roasted Vegetables. So simple and adds so much flavor. Basically, you choose a vegetable, cut it up, toss it with a little olive oil, salt, pepper, & I usually add a little garlic but that is optional. Spread it on a baking sheet and roast it at 425 for 15 – 25 minutes (depending on how large you cut your veggies). I have roasted broccoli, cauliflower, beets, potatoes (sweet & russet), carrots, a variety of squashes, okra & asparagus. The last two to three generally need less time since they are a softer vegetable, to begin with.
- Green Smoothies. It is very easy to add spinach or kale or other leafy greens to a smoothie. I have added carrots, celery, & cucumbers to a green smoothie as well.
- Crunchy Broccoli & Kale Salad. This recipe was made by one of my fabulous coaches and can be found here.
- Toasted Sesame & Garlic Edamame. This recipe was also made by the same coach and can be found here.
Try to add fruits and/or vegetables to every meal and be a role model to your kids by choosing healthy snacks.
My hope is that you can find some healthy ways to prepare your vegetables so that you too can enjoy them and it isn’t a “chore” to eat them.
If you have found some amazing recipes to add some flavor to your vegetables, or fruits if that is what you struggle with, please leave a comment and let us all know what they are!