It’s true, all of us need to up our veggie consumption tremendously. It’s amazing at how many of our kids don’t even know what veggies are.
In today’s world we have made meat and starch our principal sources of meals for so long that we're missing out on important, even vital, phytonutrients that best plants can deliver us.
Lots of our youngsters are obese and, let’s admit it, so are we. By some estimates more than 60 percentage of us could be labeled as overweight. It is definitely an epidemic.
Thankfully, this problem can easily be remedied via simply including in more vegetables to our diets. Unfortunately, many of us are reluctant.
But there are easy methods to get in more vegetables:
Classic mac and cheese can get a makeover in an instant and most people won’t even notice, but they will notice that it tastes extra special. Now, it would be best if you made home made mac and cheese and not the boxed chemically enhanced variety, but it could work either way. Simply shred 1 Cup of yellow squash per serving and stir into the macaroni and cheese before baking. another sneaky way is to purchase noodles made from vegetables!
Any Italian noodle dish can be veganized through pureeing any range of vegetables but particularly zucchini, carrots, yellow squash, and bell peppers. Try using your food processor or a magic bullet personal blender to blend any of the veggies to mush, and then simply add them in a little at a time to your usual sauce to see how it tastes. With lasagna you may even add in sliced veggies of any kind and everyone will still adore it.
If you usually consume scrambled eggs for breakfast, there’s no need to make a difficult omelet to add in vegetables. Shred or chop onion, green pepper, tomato, spinach, zucchini, broccoli, herbs and spices, and pretty much any type of squash and sauté before putting into the eggs for a stunning and scrumptious change of pace for your morning. You can do it all in one pan, sauté the veggies first, then pour the eggs over the veggies.
We all devour “veggie fried rice” from time to time, however how many veggies does it really have? At the store you can purchase in the fresh section broccoli slaw mix. try adding that to your veggie stir fry next time to up the content of veggies, and the flavor. Simply stir fry all of the vegetables first, then toss in the rice. if you use brown rice and much less oil you’ll have an even healthier treat with out losing out on flavor.
If you want to make breads or muffins you can usually up the vegetable quota by including in some shredded veggies to the batter. Shredded or pureed carrots, or zucchini taste extra good in spiced desserts. Believe it or not you can put them in brownies too, if you puree them. It’s a great way to get in an extra serving of vegetables without even noticing.
You never have to go without your 5 servings of vegetables again if you’re sneaky.