6 Ways to Sneak More Veggies into Your Diet
Heather Vanisko | Dec 15, 2011
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:
If you are having eggs, make them your favorite way and include tasty veggies such as mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, zucchini, asparagus and avocado.
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.
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.
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.
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.