Easy ways to eat more veggies

Good afternoon! I’m here today to share one of my recent articles from ShopAtHome.com. I post the articles for you but I wanted to make sure you saw this one for sure. I’ve added in a few extra tips and recipes links for you guys.

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We are quickly approaching the end of the month – how are your New Year’s Resolutions going? Did you make a resolution to lose weight? One of the most important components to weight loss is to clean up your diet.

If you made a resolution to eat better this year, increasing your vegetable intake is one of the best things you can do for your health and your waistline.

Check out these easy ideas for adding veggies to your day.

Pump up your breakfast

Breakfast doesn’t have to be about eggs, bacon and fruit. Sure, a sweet breakfast is a delicious way to start the day but a healthy breakfast is a great chance to start off on the right foot. Instead of loading your body with sugars in the morning, consider switching to vegetables for a more filling and nutritious start.

The easiest way for most of us to eat veggies for breakfast is with a vegetable omelet – spinach, tomato and mushrooms are all great additions. Or chop up a veggie-rich at home salsa for a flavorful way to spice up your scrambled eggs.

Adding grated carrot or zucchini to your oatmeal – along with raisins and maple syrup – is another easy way to increase your veggies. Throw in a few raisins and some vanilla extract and we promise it takes like carrot cake.

Check out my recipe for carrot cake overnight oats.

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Green Smoothies

For the most veggie bang for your buck at breakfast and beyond (they make great snacks!), consider adding green smoothies to your diet.

In its most basic form, a green smoothie is simply a favorite fruit smoothie with spinach, kale or other dark leafy greens added in. Think strawberry-banana-spinach or mango-pineapple-kale.

If you want to step it up a notch, limit your fruit to low-glycemic choices and drink one every morning for such benefits as better digestion, weight-loss and clear skin. Green smoothies are an easy way to make sure you get your daily recommended amount of fresh vegetables and fruits.

My favorite green smoothies are Key Lime Pie, Mean Green Mango, and a greens infused Sweet Potato Smoothie.

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Greens powder

If a green smoothie sounds like too much to handle, consider investing in a high quality greens powder. These nutritional powerhouses can mix with plain water or your favorite juice for an easy way to infuse your day with vegetables. Typically, one teaspoon equals about one cup of greens.

Check out the Amazing Grass brand available at GNC (for WAY cheaper than Whole Foods).

Sneak it in or switch it up

Have picky eaters at home? Hide your veggies! Puree cooked butternut squash for a fibrous and vitamin loaded addition to baked macaroni-and-cheese. Pump up the nutritional profile of mashed potatoes by mixing in mashed cauliflower – not only will you lower the calories of this favorite dish, but you will add such benefits as vitamin C and folate.

If you don’t need to sneak in veggies, at least consider a few easy substitutions like spaghetti squash in place of regular pasta or beans instead of ground meats. Check out this super easy and tasty Pinto Bean Burger.

I also like to use spiralized zucchini in place of noodles as in my Raw Spicy Almond Noodles.

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The original post can be found on ShopAtHome.com.

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