10 Ways to Add More Vegetables to Your Diet
It's not just kids who push peas around their plate! A new report from the Centers for Disease Control says more than three-quarters of Americans aren't eating enough veggies. Five servings a day might seem daunting, but one serving is only a measly 1/2 cup (or 1 cup of greens like lettuce and spinach). Eating your veggies shouldn’t be painful or even unpleasant – here are 10 ways to love them.
You can get a day’s worth of veggies by blending them into soup. Try these healthy and fast soup recipes.
Keep a batch of eggplant spread on hand for a flavorful and light sandwich topping.
Make it a house rule to always have some sort of salad with dinner – a bowl of cherry tomatoes or some sliced cucumber counts!
Hit up the farmers’ market and try a new veggie each week.
Don’t forget about vegetables at breakfast! Add your favorites to omelets, egg sandwiches, or bagels with cream cheese.
Add bite-sized pieces of roasted zucchini, onion, butternut squash, peppers or broccoli to pasta and enjoy hot or cold.
Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition. See Dana's full bio »