Despite being told over and over by our parents to “eat your vegetables”, it seems many of us are simply not getting enough in our diet. Whether you’re a fan of veggies or not, there is no denying that they are absolutely packed with fibre, vitamins and minerals that our body thrives off. Despite this, eating the recommended 5 serves of veggies a day can be a challenge, even for those who actually like eating them!
Whether you are trying to increase your own vegetable intake or sneak some extra goodness into your children's meals, we’ve put together our top 5 ways to sneak more veggies into your diet!
1. Soup-er Delicious Soups
If you’re looking for an easy way to increase your veggie intake, loaded soups are the way to go! Veggies like onion, carrots and celery are packed with flavour and taste absolutely delicious in soups. If you’re feeding fussy eaters try cutting up your veggies into small, hard to distinguish pieces or even blending your soup mix to create a smooth and creamy meal!
2. Incorporate Veggies Into Other Foods
Another great way to sneak more veggies into your diet is to hide them in foods you like eating. Shredded carrots, thinly sliced mushrooms, sauteed spinach and diced onion are just a few of the foods you can easily sneak into existing meals such as meatballs, fried rice or pasta sauces. Not only do these veggies add loads of flavour to your meals, but their texture is also disguised which can make it harder for picky eaters to identify!
3. Replace Carbs With Vegetables
Sometimes, a simple substitution can be the easiest way to increase your vegetable intake without compromising on taste! Spiralized zucchini noodles and bunless, lettuce-wrapped burgers have gained popularity in recent years due to their healthier nature and great taste! Zucchini is a great pasta substitute as it has a very mild flavour on its own and really absorbs the taste of whatever sauce you pair it with!
4. Slurp A Smoothie
Blitzing your veggies into your smoothies can mask their taste but still provide you with all their amazing vitamins and nutrients. Veggies such as baby spinach, carrot and cucumber work great in smoothies and perfectly complement sweet and fruity flavours. Incorporate some veggies into your next fruit smoothie for a delicious and easy way to reach your 5 a day.
5. Eat Veggies Alongside Your Dinner
For many people, the thought of chomping on carrot and celery sticks alone doesn't sound very appetizing. While veggies are great on their own, they are also perfect as an accompaniment to your favourite meal. Try adding a simple side salad with some capsicum, cucumber, tomato and red onion to your dinner and taste how well it complements your food!
Increase your vegetable intake with the help of Hillview Farms home delivery veggie boxes! Choose from either small, medium or large boxes and utilize the above ideas to sneak more veggies into your diet today!
At Hillview Farms, we grow our own produce. What we don’t grow, we source from a select few family growers around the state who share our values around superior quality food and sustainable farming. Our produce is collected from the farmers before the sun comes up, and driven to Sydney – you can’t get fresher without growing it yourself.
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