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So Much More Than Salads: 5 Tips to Eat More Plants—even if you hate spinach.

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So Much More Than Salads: 5 Tips to Eat More Plants—even if you hate spinach.

Healthy doesn’t mean boring bland salads, or mind-numbing workouts you hate.  Health is about finding something that gets you super pumped and excited about your overall wellness. I’m a holistic nutritionist that loves taking the ordinary, and making it kick a$$!  It’s time to get creative, step outside the box, and discover your own way to thrive. My mission is to help you find that path.  

I’m sure at one point or another we’ve taken steps to make ourselves healthier, whether it’s been trying a fad diet, seeing a registered dietitian or holistic nutritionist, taking more small steps, or being more aware of how we’re fueling our bodies. How can you successfully up your vegetable game and make it stick? It’s not as hard as you might think; all you might need are fun new ideas or challenges that will really have you hopping on the next train to veggie town. I’m going to show you how to add more of the good stuff, while not giving up the foods you love. Here are my top five tips to eat more plants:

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 your breakfast, lunch and dinner. Let me help you out and suggest some of my favorite go-to recipes for a plant-based day:

2. Day: Plants. Night: No Rules.

Meatless Monday have you in a panic? 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 with every meal....or reds, oranges, or purples. This is one challenge that will have you eating more plants in no time. Whenever you’re making a meal, always ensure you’re including at LEAST one vegetable. I’m even including breakfast in this challenge...so don’t think you’re getting off too easy. (Hint: you can barely taste the spinach in smoothies).

Does this sound like a breeze to you? That’s fine. Pick it up a notch, and challenge to one up yourself and add in one additional veggie to every meal.

4. Go on a Veggie Hunt

Have fun with it. When you’re at the grocery store, 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.  If you find it hard to stomach certain foods, all you have to do is toss in your favorite fruits and you’ll never even know they’re in your delicious blended drink.

What’s your favorite ways to add more veggies to your day?

Sarah Wilson, RHN

Sarah is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Personal Trainer and works at Vega as a Product Specialist. Sarah educates from experience! Drawing on her retail leadership in the natural health industry, her own nutrition consulting, and a personal passion, she equips audiences with tools and inspiration to feel their absolute best from the inside, out. Specializing in sports and fitness recommendations, Sarah is active as a runner, playing soccer or enjoying the Rocky Mountains on her snowboard.
Sarah Wilson, RHN