6 Ways to Sneak More Veggies into Your Diet

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Vegetables are low in calories, high in fiber and quite filling. Packed with vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients that do wonders for your health, veggies are helpful in maintaining steady blood sugar levels and help your body burn fat. Try these tips to get more veggies into every meal of the day:

At breakfast

If you are having eggs, make them your favorite way and include tasty veggies such as mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, zucchini, asparagus and avocado.

At lunch

Ask for extra veggies on your sandwich. Request extra lettuce, tomatoes or pickles.  Other nutrient-rich vegetables that you can pack onto a sandwich include sprouts, shaved carrots, avocado, and spinach.

At dinner

If you're going to eat pizza, make it healthier by sneaking in some extra veggies.  Mushrooms, bell peppers, and spinach are all good options.

Salad: it's what's for dinner (and lunch!)

Make a salad part of every meal--lunch and dinner.  Starting off each meal with a bowl of mixed greens is not only a great way to get your veggies, it's also a good strategy for taking the edge off your hunger before attacking the main course.

Eating out

When eating out, opt for a healthier side to your meal, like raw or steamed vegetables.  Potato side dishes (fries, mashed potatoes, or potato salad) are often high in calories and fat.

Snack time

In between meals, skip the cookies and potato chips, and instead snack on delicious veggies.  Crunchy baby carrots, celery, and broccoli all make great snacks.