11 Ways To Eat More Vegetables
Vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, making them a key food in any one's diet. However, many people fail to eat enough. A review conducted by the NHS in England found that in 2015 adults eating fewer than three portions a day, results showed that just one in four adults eating their five a day.
The Western Society has gradually shifted away from eating a balanced and whole food diet to instead opting for fast food and ready meals, which are high in calories, unhealthy fats and salt.
Statistics show that the number of obesity-related hospital admissions in England has more than doubled in the last five years. This statistic is upsetting. The health risks associated with obesity are vast and more needs to be done to help bring awareness and knowledge about the importance of living a healthy yet balanced lifestyle.
Tips to Eat More Veggies
Swap your Bread
Next time you decide to make a sandwich swap if for a veggie. For example, you can make lettuce wraps, you can use portobello mushrooms as the bread.
Add them to your Sandwiches
You can also simply add them to your sandwiches. There are plenty of vegetables that you can include into your sandwich that can help add extra flavour and some crunch, such as; cucumber, tomatoes, lettuce, avocado, bell peppers, onions, fresh parsley.
Often people find adding vegetables to their smoothies is a bad idea. In fact most of the time you cannot even taste the veg, especially if you add the right ingredients!
Add spinach, kale, beetroot.
Casseroles, Stews and Stir-Fries
Another great way to include a range of veg in your diet is to add them to your casseroles, stews and strir fries. Simply any veg to your one of the above meals and let all the flavours from your ingredients combine.
Swap a traditional carb source for a veg or do 50/50
If you love mash potatoes, why not try butternut squash mash. If you enjoy rice, why not try cauliflower rice. Or how about you split it 50/50, half potatoes, half squash etc.
Add veg to your Eggs
Eggs are a popular food and already offer great nutitional benefits, so why not make them even better by adding veg. I enjoy including bell peppers, spring onion, spinach, aubergines, mushrooms, courgette, tomatoes and aspragus into my omelettes.
Roast and Grill
Boiling and Steaming veggies can get boring. Cooking your veg differently, e.g. roasting or grilling can give your veg a great flavour.
Flavour your veg
You dont eat unflavoured chicken breast or a plain old bowl of pasts, so why should you veg be bland and unflavoured. Add a drizzle of olive oil, vinegar or sry seasonings such as garlic powder.
Bulk up your food
Adding spinach or shredded lettuce, carrots, cabbage to your meals can help bulk up the volume and also help you meet your veg requirments.
Aim to try a new vegetable every week. Experimenting with new veg will allow you find out which veg you will really enjoy and which ones you don't.
Once you find out which ones you enjoy stick to purchasing them, this in turn enjoy you eat them and will not waste food.
Snack on them
Swap some of your snacks for some delicious veg. You can easily snack on some carrots, plum or cherry tomatoes, cucumber.
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