Studies show that people who receive their recommended daily intake of vegetables experience many health benefits. We will give you some easy-to-follow tips to introduce more of these nutrient-rich and antioxidant-rich foods into your diet.
Follow these 8 tips to eat more vegetables
- When making a sandwich with deli meats, fill it with vegetables. Sliced tomatoes, shredded cabbage, peppers, cucumbers, onions and green vegetables are all perfect toppings.
- A perfect homemade pizza with zucchini or sliced squash, fresh spinach, mushrooms, onions, peppers, broccoli, grated carrots and sliced tomatoes.
- Add extra fresh or frozen vegetables to your pasta sauce, chili, lasagna, stir-fries or stews.
- Enjoy a bowl of minestrone or vegetable soup. In the summer, make a gazpacho or a cold cucumber soup.
- Complete your frozen dinners or takeaway meals with vegetables. When you go to the restaurant, order more vegetables or a salad as a side dish or a soup as a starter.
- Cut your favourite vegetables into pieces for snacks. Store them in clear plastic containers and make sure they are the first thing you see when you open the fridge.
- For convenience, buy fresh vegetables that are already cut, washed and ready to eat.
- Since they will be cheaper and have more nutritional value, buy seasonal vegetables. Your grocery store’s product manager can tell you which vegetables are the freshest and what to look for when choosing specific vegetables.
Avoid using baking soda when cooking vegetables
Although sodium bicarbonate keeps the colour of green vegetables intact during cooking, it also breaks down the plant tissues, softening their texture and destroying many vitamins.
Vegetables are tasty, low in calories, and often contain nutritional compounds that can help prevent cancer and cardiovascular disease. Use these tips to increase your vegetable intake and improve your health.