Pizza is definitely one of my favorite foods! When I was in high school I worked at a pizza restaurant. Now I'm trying to recreate all my favorite pizzas-- gluten free style! Check out this BBQ Chicken Pizza! This taco pizza is pretty simple to make. It's perfect for Taco Tuesday or any night you [...]
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It's that time of year when there is an abundance of fresh melon. No matter whether it's cantaloupe, honeydew, watermelon or another type, I simply love them all! That's why today I'd like to share with you some fun ways that you can use melon balls this summer. To help support our blogging activities, our site [...]
No matter what type of diet or healthy lifestyle you are trying to follow every single one of them will have you eating less processed food and more vegetables.
How many vegetables you should be eating every day depends on your calorie intake and weight goals. It will not be the same for everyone. But one thing for sure is that it won’t hurt you to eat too many vegetables.
Getting in the habit of eating vegetables at every meal is a habit you won’t regret creating.
In my opinion eating vegetables at breakfast is the least natural. After all, it isn’t exactly part of a typical breakfast when you think of bacon, eggs, cereal, oatmeal, beagles, etc.
When I eat vegetables first thing in the morning it seems… weird. It doesn’t feel like breakfast!
If you want a more traditional breakfast but still trying to get those veggies snuck into the morning meal try these Green Low-Carb Protein Pancakes. These pancakes taste just like french toast, but there is spinach in them! And NO, you cannot taste the spinach!
Another easy, yet traditional breakfast food, are these Breakfast Egg Mugs. Pretty much any type of egg/omelet type breakfast is perfect for sneaking in onions, spinach, mushrooms, peppers, and tomatoes.
Another one of my favorite breakfast recipes is a Sweet Potato Skillet. Peel and dice sweet potatoes, coat with olive oil and a little bit of salt, place on a baking sheet, and bake at 400 degrees F — stirring once half-way through. Serve with eggs and avocados.
Smoothies can be another good source of vegetables. No matter what type of smoothie you are making spinach will always be a good ingredient. Depending on the flavor carrots, celery, broccoli, kale, cucumbers, or beets would be good.
You would never know that Java Chip Smoothie is healthy and is made with spinach!
Lunch and Supper
Lunch and supper are easier to get in a serving of vegetables because they make perfect side dishes.
I believe the trick is to find a recipe that takes a certain vegetable up a notch so that it is full of flavor and you don’t feel like a rabbit just munching on lettuce. If you are indifferent about a certain veggie keep experiment with different recipes until you find one you love!
For example, my husband never liked asparagus until we started pan frying it in olive oil and garlic salt. Then when it was tender we add parmesan cheese. This is the only way he and my children will eat it… but they are eating it and loving it!
We make our zucchini the same way!
Salads are maybe the most obvious way to eat a bunch of vegetables at one time. They make a perfect side to a meal. My favorite homemade salad is my mom’s Berry Spinach Salad — you get your fruits and vegetables!
I also LOVE making these Fried Chicken Tenders and adding them to a bowl of lettuce and spinach, cheddar cheese, red onion, and honey mustard salad dressing for a fried chicken salad!
Another way to get more vegetables into your meal is to add them to your main dishes even if the recipe doesn’t call for them.
For example, in almost every pasta recipe I will add spinach, diced tomatoes, or diced mushrooms.
Soups are easy to add vegetables to (even if it’s not in the recipe). I will almost always add diced onion, bell peppers, and spinach to a chicken based soup.
Potatoes are also a great vegetable to add to soup and they can even replace or reduce the amount of meat in your soup to save you money and stretch out the meal.
Eating healthy snacks is something you have to be very intentional about or you’ll end up eating processed junk.
If you are craving something crunchy like chips then a veggie tray could satisfy that crunch without making you feel bad afterward. Sugar snap peas, carrots, celery, and raw bell peppers will give you the satisfying crunch you’re looking for. If the thought of eating raw veggies sounds about as exciting as eating cardboard then try dipping them in hummus for extra flavor.
I love eating almonds, cubed mozzarella cheese, and cherry tomatoes. This is my go-to snack when I’m trying to be healthy but need a late night snack.
Don’t forget that smoothies make wonderful snacks too! Read more about that under the Breakfast section at the beginning of this post.
How to Always Have Vegetables On Hand
Fresh produce is great to have on hand and to cook with. However, it can sometimes be difficult to keep it on hand because it needs to be used right away and it doesn’t stay fresh for long. I often find myself not able to use as many (or any) vegetables because it has been a few days since I’ve been to the store and I’m all out of something.
Make sure you are storing your vegetables correctly to prevent them from spoiling sooner.
Frozen and canned vegetables solve this issue pretty well. If you have a garden, freezing vegetables makes it easy to have them all year round. My family loves my grandma’s frozen sweet corn!
Remember it takes time to change your habits and your taste buds!
If you are not used to eating vegetables then you will not just wake up one day and love them. The longer you go without sugar and junk food — the sweeter fruits and vegetables will taste.
The more you try cooking with vegetables and throwing them into your dishes the more you will enjoy them.
Be sure to read 10 Sneaky Ways to Add Spinach to Your Diet
What’s your favorite way to eat vegetables?
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No matter what type of diet or healthy lifestyle you are trying to follow every single one of them will have you eating less processed food and more vegetables. How many vegetables you should be eating every day depends on your calorie intake and weight goals. It will not be the same for everyone. But [...]
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It's summertime, it's hot and it's time to make a huge pitcher of Tasty Homemade Peach Tea! I personally think there's something extremely refreshing about a glass of ice-cold tea on a hot summer day. Skip the soda and the Koolaid and bring on the tea! To help support our blogging activities, our site contains [...]
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