Sneaky Ways to Eat More Fruits and Vegetables

Most of us know we should eat 5-8 servings of fruits and vegetables daily, but let’s be honest: Knowing and doing are two very different things. And in these times, we simply have to get creative. So if, like us, you need to sneak a few of these servings into your diet, follow these tips.

Romanticize Your Snacks

Who can turn down a charcuterie board? We certainly can’t. Chop up some fresh fruits and vegetables, cube your favorite cheese, and add a handful of almonds to your spread to create a healthy, satisfying snack that also looks cute. And yes, you can absolutely take a photo of it for Instagram.

Just Add Vegetables

Certain dishes, such as homemade meatballs, hamburger patties, and meatloaf, are easy to add minced vegetables to. For example, leafy greens, cauliflower, or broccoli are all excellent and nutritious additions. And the best part? You won’t even know they’re there.

Comfort Food But Make It Healthy

There will come a time when all you want is macaroni and cheese or a hearty serving of pasta, and that’s okay. Believe it or not, with many of these dishes, it’s easy to swap your regular pasta for vegetable or whole-grain pasta and add some fresh leafy greens, tomatoes, peppers, onions, or peas. You’ll satisfy your comfort food craving while also fueling your body.

Soup-er Girl

If you’re a soup lover, sneaking vegetables into your life couldn’t be easier. Purée vegetables to create the base of your soup, then add fresh herbs and spices for some major flavor. As you build up your soup, keep adding your favorite vegetables. In the end, you’ll have a delicious soup that is comforting, filling, and uber-nutritious.

Make Salads Fun

Salads can be so much more than just lettuce. Chop up your favorite vegetables like carrots, radishes, celery, peppers, mushrooms, and more. Then, add protein and some fresh herbs, and top it off with a tangy vinaigrette.

And For Dessert? Nice Cream.

Blended fruits make for excellent and delicious ice cream, especially when you add nut butter, coconut cream, Greek yogurt, or a little bit of honey. We recommend using frozen bananas, berries, or mango slices to create your “nice” cream.

Pizza, Pizza

There is no night quite like pizza night! But just because you’re having a pizza for dinner doesn’t mean it has to be “bad” for you. First, make your pizza at home using cauliflower crust, then mince some veggies to throw on as toppings. Your pizza will pack quite a nutritious punch.

Wrap It Up

If you like having a hearty sandwich for lunch, try swapping out your bread for a lettuce wrap. Lettuce will give your sandwich a nice crunch and is dense with nutrients your body craves. If lettuce isn’t your thing, consider a portobello mushroom, fresh pepper halves, sweet potato slices, or tomato halves.

Frittata Fun

In moderation, eggs are an egg-cellent choice for breakfast or brunch, and you can easily add vegetables. If you’re on the go, you’ll be happy to know that frittatas or egg bites loaded with vegetables are a quick and easy make-ahead breakfast you can enjoy all week.

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