Everyone knows that vegetables are good for you. There’s no hiding that. Ideally, we should be eating 3 servings of vegetables a day, but with our busy lives and dinners out at restaurants, all too often our consumption of vegetables is at best, an afterthought.
So go to it, and make vegetables a priority in your diet! Here are 3 very easy ways to make sure you always have vegetables at home and getting them into your meals:
- Buy Frozen. I’m a big fan of frozen spinach. One bag can last you a few good meals, and is great for getting some healthy nutrients into your food. I like to thaw some spinach and throw it in with pasta or rice, add it to leftovers like Pad Thai for extra vegetables, or make a super easy and interesting pesto (And by super easy, I mean, super easy: Add thawed spinach, toasted almonds, a clove of garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper in a food processor. Blend until it has a pesto-y consistence and toss pasta!). Plus, Frozen vegetables are packed with nutrients and are a good choice in the winter when fresh produce isn’t readily available.
- Cooking vegetables can seem like a daunting task, because really, who has time to make one more side dish on an average weekday night? To remedy this, cook your vegetables with the rest of your meal. Making Pasta? Throw some french chopped broccoli or fresh kale in for the last minute or so, and drain it all together and toss in sauce or olive oil. Voila! Pasta with fresh vegetables! Roasting a chicken? Add carrots, onions and brussel sprouts to the pan. Not only will it add great flavor, but your vegetables are ready when the chicken is.
- Always remember to snack smart. Growing up, my mother always put out cucumbers and carrots to snack on in bewteen meals, and it’s a habit I have carried with me into adulthood. I always have a bag of baby carrots in my fridge to snack on while I’m waiting for my meal to cook. Other ideas: sliced cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, red or green peppers, and sliced zucchini.