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5 ways to eat 5 veggies today!

August 25, 2019

5 ways to eat 5 veggies today!

Did you eat 5 servings of veggies yesterday? No? You're not alone. 91% of us don't eat enough vegetables.

Plain green salads and snacks of carrots and celery get so boring, don’t they? And, honestly, celery has to be my least favorite vegetable!

Other ways of getting veggies require cooking, juicing or chopping. Plus the clean up? It's way too much for me. So I’ve devised some fool-proof ways of getting my 5 veggies in every day. And I succeed most days.

Here are 5 ways you can eat 5 servings of veggies right away.

  1. Drink a pre-made green juice or smoothie

Pick up a Green Goodness from Bolthouse Farms, and get at least 1 veggie serving. Naked offers a green smoothie called Green Machine. While it has a lot of sweet fruit juice, it also gives you spirulina.

I also like Vega protein powder. It is made from pea protein, and it also contains carrot, spinach, chard, kale, quinoa and pumpkin. Add to yogurt or a smoothie.

Daily Harvest sells frozen, organic smoothies, bowls and soups that are loaded with veggies. You can order online, and they deliver these yummy goodies to your door. You can’t ask for easier.

We have a few wonderful fresh juice bars here in Boulder, and I’ll stop in and order a veggie juice. Some days I order a smoothie that has juiced spinach or yams in it. They so fill me up so much so I don’t do this all the time, but I thoroughly enjoy them.

2. Have baby carrots and hummus for a snack

Ignore the "is a legume a vegetable" controversy and call this one a twofer. The carrots are obviously a veggie. And hummus is made from chickpeas, a legume. I also love salsa and guacamole as a dip for veggies.

 

  1. Order extra veggies on that sandwich

Go beyond the standard leaf of lettuce on that sammie and order up some tomato, red peppers, cucumber - whatever they usually put on a vegetarian sandwich. When I order a burger, I order it in a lettuce wrap and request extra pickles, sautéed onions and avocado. And – unless they have sweet potato friends (my weakness) – I’ll request a side salad instead of fries. I simply sneak a few fries from my Darling Husband! ;)

  1. Switch out the tortilla chips

Try radish slices to scoop up the yummy guac and salsa instead. (Slice the radishes lengthwise.) And speaking of salsa? That counts, too! You can also use slices of zucchini or thinly sliced carrot (try cutting the carrot slices lengthwise.)

  1. Eat dinner for breakfast

This is what I do every day I’m home. It's untraditional for sure. When I prep dinner, I made enough veggies + protein to have enough leftovers for tomorrow. And voila! You're at least 1 veggie serving down before the day has even really started. I also roast veggies or grill them and store them. So, today’s “breakfast” was leftover hamburger, plus roasted sweet potatoes and roasted beets from last night’s dinner. Another easy breakfast is opening a can of wild caught salmon (I mix in capers and Dijon mustard). I serve it on a bed of chopped up radicchio, arugula or red lettuce that I drizzle with olive oil and a squeeze of lemon.

And if none of this is gonna work for you, I know of some bakery bites that are loaded with 2 of your 5 daily servings of veggies! ;) Click here to order some. Money back guarantee.

Warmly,

Kay




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