Some people can’t stand the taste of vegetables. Others are bothered by their lack of taste. But, either way vegetables are an integral part of your diet and should be consumed for optimal health.
Unfortunately, studies show that only 27% of adults get their 3 servings of vegetables per day.
So, if you find yourself amongst those not consuming enough veggies on a daily basis, here’s 8 delicious ways to sneak more vegetables into your diet.
Raw veggies are a great snack and even better if you’re replacing highly processed snacks like chips and crackers with them. Just dip them in hummus or a little of your favorite salad dressing or veggie dip. Just don’t go overboard and drown your baby carrots in high-fat and calorie dips.
One of my favorite snacks is to pour a little olive oil (heart healthy oil) over broccoli and sprinkling a little black pepper over them and baking in the oven at low heat for 20 minutes. Try experimenting with different spices to find a combination you love.
Splash of cheese
Adding a moderate amount of cheese to broccoli, cauliflower and other vegetables is a great way to add taste and you’ll get a serving a dairy. You can also add moderate amounts of shredded or feta cheese to your salad for a little extra kick.
An excellent way to get more veggies in your diet is to try out frozen vegetables in a steamable bag. Green Giant is a popular option with their All Natural Steamer bags that come in virtually every type of vegetable that you can think of. Or stop by your local Wal-mart and pick up their Great Value brand steamable frozen veggie bags for around 99 cents each. They only take about 5 minutes to steam up in the microwave.
Slow cook onions
Onions have a very pungent smell and overpowering taste which is why they are often put to the side. However, by simply slow cooking onions you can drastically cut out the smell and even add little sweet flavor to them.
The easiest way to get more vegetables in your diet is to sneak them in. Lasagna, soup, meat loaf, spaghetti, stews, you name it, you can sneak a healthy portion of veggies into it. The cooking weakens the taste of the vegetables while strengthening the taste of the spices.
Satisfy your sweet tooth
While many vegetables have a bitter taste, there are those that have sweet taste and pack a lot of nutrients such as sweet potatoes, squash, carrots and sweet peas.