With most things in life, the key is ‘everything in moderation.’ Not that this means you can eat pizza in moderation, but you get my point. One thing that certainly shouldn't be moderated however is your intake of delicious, fresh veggies. We could all benefit from upping our vegetable intake, and certainly shouldn't be aiming for the paltry ‘5 portions a day’ recommended by so called ‘experts.’ If you’re running out of ways to boost your veggie intake, why not give some of these ideas a try?
Use them in:
- Vegetable based juices
- Vegetable based smoothies – spinach, raw beets and pre roasted sweet potatoes go great in smoothies. Aim for a 50:50 fruit to veg ratio!
- Home-made guacamole
Hide them in:
- Sauces – like this romesco sauce or as a base to a Paleo pizza
- Baked goods, like these sweet potato and chocolate chip muffins
- Omelettes – try a spinach and red pepper omelette for a delicious breakfast
- Dips – why not try replacing the basil with spinach or kale in pesto?
- Curries – Why not throw some sweet potato, squash, courgette or mushrooms into your curry?
- Stews / Casseroles – You can ever add some extra veggies like onions, parsnips and carrots and blend them up to make a delicious fresh sauce
Make Paleo Alternatives:
- Make Paleo Tortillas with Lettuce Wraps
- Make Paleo Noodles with Courgettes – you may need a spiralizer!
- Make Paleo Spaghetti with a Spaghetti Squash
- Make Paleo Rice with Cauliflower
Eat lots of salad!
- Making your own salad is a great way to consume loads of fresh, colourful veggies in one sitting. You can throw together all sorts of leafy greens, tomatoes, peppers, cucumber, beets, broccoli, cauliflower, avocado – just about anything really!
Snack on them raw
- Carrots, Cucumber, Celery and Peppers make excellent nibbles at snack time. Spread them with a little almond butter for a little indulgence if you like!
Make a vegetable based broth
- This is an excellent way to use up all your leftover vegetables – simply throw them all into a pot and cook very gently for a delicious broth!
Go to your farmers market
- A trip to your local farmers market can make you see vegetables in a whole new light. The colours, shapes and sizes of the produce on offer will be outstanding, and might just reignite your passion for vegetables. An otherwise boring tomato or bunch of kale will probably look much more fun here – so stock up at your local farmers market, and aim to walk away with at least one new vegetable.
How do you get extra veggies in your diet? Are there any ideas I have missed?