It’s no secret that I’m crazy for vegetables. I honestly do love them but if my only method for consuming vegetables was in a boring side salad, I probably wouldn’t get too excited about that. It makes me sad when the only vegetables people eat are the ones on their hamburger. Out of season tomatoes and iceburg lettuce don’t exactly get people excited to eat their vegetables.
So I thought I’d share a few of my favorite ways for vegetable consumption.
Swap them in!
Zucchini noodles, cauliflower rice, kale chips… try vegetables as a substitute for your standard higher calorie foods. Here are some of my favorite recipes for veggie swaps:
- Spaghetti Squash Mac n Cheese– My own, pictured above
- Cauliflower Rice via Primal Palate
- Zucchini Noodle Basics via Skinny Taste
- Kale Chips via Oh She Glows
Sure, green smoothies are becoming a fairly popular thing now, but there are other ways to sneak in vegetables! Hide a little zucchini in your pancakes. Puree some carrots into your marinara sauce. You can even hide them in desserts, like in those 2 ingredient cupcakes pictured above! You’d be surprised at how often you won’t even notice that there are extra vegetables in there!
It may seem basic, but roasting can be one of the most delicious ways to eat more vegetables. Roasting brings out the natural flavors and it really couldn’t be easier. Think beyond sweet potatoes (although these Parmesan sweet potato chips are amazing) and try roasting things like parsnips, carrots or broccoli. You’ll be amazed what you can do with a little olive oil, salt & pepper.
Hopefully these ideas and recipes will spur you to consume a few extra vegetables! My goal of this blog to give people easy ways to incorporate healthy recipes into their lives, so I love hearing your thoughts! Leave me a comment and tell me: