Easy Ways to Eat More Veggies

Okay. So carrot sticks are not your favorite snack. But there are hundreds of other ways to include plenty of vegetables in your diet. For example:

  • Add chopped mushrooms, diced bell peppers, and onion to spaghetti sauce
  • Shred zucchini or chop mushrooms into an omelet mixture or scrambled eggs
  • Try a vegetable-bean soup for a hearty winter lunch
  • Make your own delicious dip from mashed avocado, low-fat plain yogurt, chopped chilis, lemon juice and chopped fresh cilantro - serve with crunchy carrot sticks and crisp red pepper chunks
  • Canned beets can be added to chocolate cake, brownies, and muffins - not only does it make the cake moist, it also adds fiber
  • Make stuffed baked potatoes with corn kernels, green onions and diced red pepper
  • Add grated carrot or diced mushrooms to meatloaf
  • For a healthy after-school snack, top a slice of whole-grain bread with sliced tomato, sliced mushrooms and some diced lean ham, sprinkle with a little grated cheese and broil until bubbling
  • Dip baby carrots into a little fat-free salad dressing for an afternoon pick-me-up
  • Make a salsa to accompany grilled chicken or fish using diced tomato, diced avocado, finely chopped green onions (or diced red onion), chopped chilis, and fresh cilantro
  • Spice up a homemade turkey burger by topping with slices of onion, bell pepper, and some sweet chili sauce
  • Add grated carrot, diced onion and fresh herbs to lean ground-beef patties