Wondering how you can up your vegetable game and make it stick? It’s not as hard as you might think and we’re going to show you how to add more of the good stuff, while not giving up the foods you love. Here are our top five tips to eat more veggies.
1. One Day at a Time
Make it easier by committing one day a week to just eating plants—like Meatless Monday. It’s actually easier than it sounds. Take a look at what you eat on an average Monday and simply omit the meat products, or swap them out for something else like tofu, veggie burgers, or beans. If you need a little help, Vega has your back with some awesome recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
2. Day: Plants. Night: No Rules.
Meatless Monday sound like too much? Why not start off a little slower and try out Michael Pollan’s idea VB6 (Vegan Before 6). The thought behind this is to incorporate more plant-based foods into your diet and eat less meat. You eat entirely plant-based during your day, and in the evening you can eat whatever your heart desires.
Start off trying this just one day a week. See how you do, then, if you choose, you can slowly increase to whatever goal you’re trying to achieve, whether it’s eating entirely plant-based or eating primarily plant-based, you are your own boss.
3. Color Your Plate
Eat your greens...or reds, oranges, or purples with every meal and you’ll be eating more plants in no time. Whenever you’re making a meal, always ensure you’re including at least one vegetable. Yes, even including breakfast (hint: you can barely taste spinach in smoothies).
Does this sound like a breeze to you? Pick it up a notch, and add in one additional veggie to every meal.
4. Go on a Veggie Hunt
Have fun with it. Try a different vegetable you’ve never had before. Whether it’s purple cauliflower, bok choy, or daikon, live on the wild side and give it a shot. Not sure how to use it in the kitchen? Not a problem. Thanks to technology, the world is at your fingertips. Just Google recipes for your mystery veggie and soon you’ll be making dishes you never thought were possible.
5. Out of Sight, Out of Mind
If you’re finding it hard to fit all these extra veggies into your daily routine, the best way to fit everything in is in a smoothie. Toss in kale, cucumbers, spinach, carrots, or whatever you have kicking around, to up your vegetable game. Not sure you’re going to love the taste? Start small, add in your favorite fruits and you’ll never know they’re in your delicious blended drink.
If you’re looking delicious (and green) smoothie recipes you’ll find loads of options in the Vega® Recipe Center.