We all know what to do, we all know we should do it. But eating your vegetables can be a struggle. According to the Food Pyramid Guidelines, we should be aiming to eat 2-3 servings of vegetables a day. That boils down to roughly 2 1/2 cups. Easy to do? Maybe to some. But to others, not so much.
So, today let’s focus on creative and easy ways to get your veggies in. You might even fool your own taste buds if veggies aren’t on your top preferred list!
1. Green Smoothies, what?
There has been a growing movement over this past year called the Green Monster Movement. Bloggers, fitness enthusiasts and everyone in between is starting to make their smoothies green. You might be wondering how this help you with getting your vegetables in. Join the movement and start making your smoothies green by adding spinach, lettuce, kale or any green that you prefer! And the best part? You cannot taste the green guys at all!
So here is a basic recipe to get you started:
- 1 cup of milk or preferred beverage
- 1 cup of spinach or preferred green
- 1 banana or desired fruit of choice
- 7-8 ice cubes
Blend away and enjoy.
The recipes are endless: add various fruits, yogurts, protein powders, peanut butter and more. Cater your green smoothie to your taste. While you are at it, check out this collection of smoothies at the Green Monster Movement website.
2. Green Oatmeal
Yes, that is exactly what you read. Similar to your smoothies, thrown in some spinach during your oatmeal cooking process. This does not work well if you prefer to microwave your oatmeal, unless you take an extra moment to throw the mixture in the blender or food processor to mix in the greens.
On the stovetop, adding spinach to your oatmeal works beautifully!
- 1/2 cup of dried oats
- 3/4 cup of milk
- 1/4 cup of water
- 1 cup of spinach
Bring milk and water to a boil. Add spinach leaves. Lower heat and allow spinach to wilt slightly. Add dried oats and allow to simmer until desired consistency. Add your toppings and you are done!
3. Sweet potato pancakes
A delicious and hearty way to get in a healthy vegetable and starch! Double win.
Next time you decide to make some flapjacks, add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of canned sweet potato (or 1 cooked potato peeled and mashed) to the mixture. You may need to add additional milk or water if mixture is too thick. Cook as usual an enjoy.
There you have it! Three easy ways to get some vegetables into your day that are tasty, healthy and mighty delicious!