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The TOPS Ten Ways to Eat More Vegetables

 


Eat More Vegetables

Including enough vegetables in our diet can be a challenge. Think outside the carrot stick with these tasty and creative tips for eating more veggies.

  1. Make a “pasta” dish with spaghetti squash instead of noodles.
  2. Puree cooked vegetables and add them to stews and soups.
  3. Add raw spinach leaves and an extra-ripe banana to your next fruit smoothie. It may sound strange, but the sweetness of the banana masks the taste of the spinach. Be aware that spinach will affect the color of the smoothie.
  4. Add chopped zucchini to casseroles or meat loaf.
  5. Baking? Add shredded carrots to muffins or bread.
  6. Instead of cheese and meat, pile your morning omelet with onions, mushrooms and red and green peppers. Chop vegetables the night before, to save time in the morning.
  7. Try mashed cauliflower instead of mashed potatoes. Experiment with different flavorings such as garlic, a little butter and Parmesan cheese.
  8. Salsa! Add salsa to a breakfast burrito, pile it on a veggie burger or use it in place of high-fat vegetable dips.
  9. Add chopped spinach to meat when preparing meatballs or hamburgers.
  10. Puree pasta sauce with vegetables such as winter squash or chopped broccoli.