We all know that vegetables are good for us, but most of us aren’t consuming enough vegetables on a daily basis. Why? We all have our reasons, which usually include the taste, preparation time and price. Adding veggies to our diets really do take a little more effort than grabbing a burger and fries, but the health benefits, including helping to manage blood sugar levels, are worth it.
Here are some tips to get more vegetables into your meals:
- In pasta dishes, add red onions (they are sweeter and less bitter), broccoli, zucchini, cauliflower, spinach or kale (or all of these!). The veggies will add a richness to the dish as well as fiber and fullness, so that you’ll probably end up eating less of the pasta.
- Instead of a hamburger, eat a veggie burger. Veggies burgers do NOT taste like hamburger, so don’t expect them to. Instead, enjoy them for their own unique flavor and fiber and nutrients.
- In egg omelets, add a generous amount of tomatoes, onions, spinach, squash, mushrooms, etc.
- Eat seasonable vegetables. During the summer, eat more leafy greens, Since they are cooling, they balance the heat in the body (according to Ayurvedic wisdom). During the fall and winter, eat root vegetables. Root vegetables are “heavier” and are grounding and reduce coldness in the body. Seasonable vegetables eaten in their correct season will usually taste better anyway.
- Eat vegetables according to your dosha. To learn more about doshas, visit this site.
- Experiment with different ways to prepare vegetables. Get expert tips on cooking various vegetables for the best flavor here. Vegetables just taste better when they are prepared in the best manner to bring out their taste and preserve their nutritional value at the same time.
- Add herbs and spices to your veggies. Use coconut oil or ghee for sauteing.
Do you have any veggie tips to share?