If you're like most people, one of the greatest difficulties is getting in all your vegetables each day. While some days you may do fine, others, you simply do not feel like eating your veggies.
This week's challenge will be to consume 3 different vegetables everyday.
Let's give you some quick tips to get started.
Choose An Assortment
The very first thing to keep in mind is to choose an assortment of vegetables.
Rather than leaning towards the same 3-4 different options, start adding one new vegetable to your arsenal to try.
Some examples of vegetables that you should consider as well include:
- bok choy
- brussels sprouts
- alfalfa sprouts
All of these vegetables are going to offer a slightly different mix of nutrients.
Don't forget to consider frozen vegetables as well. In some cases, it may be difficult to get to the grocery store as often as possible to purchase them fresh. Frozen vegetables are great to have on hand and are even faster to cook. Frozen veggies works great for soups, stew's, stir-fry's, or even frozen dinners.
Experiment With Different Cooking Techniques
The second thing to do is to experiment with different cooking techniques. While it may be tempting to prepare your vegetables the same way daily, this gets boring. Rather than baking them with butter or cheese or worse yet, frying them, use lower calorie options. Some great cooking techniques to utilize include:
- baking with chicken broth
- serving raw
Flavor Them Wisely
Finally, the last thing to take note of is how you flavor your vegetables.
Some great ways to enhance their taste include:
- drizzling with lemon juice
- adding low-sodium herbs and spices
- adding a bit of low-sodium chicken broth during the cooking process
- serving with salsa
- creating a cream sauce from Greek yogurt, milk, and low fat Parmesan cheese
- grilling with a little Italian salad dressing brushed on top
So start thinking more carefully about just how many vegetables you really are eating. Aim to eat one type of vegetable at each main meal during the day - breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and you'll be taking one giant step forward to success.