Go Ahead, Be Sneaky with Those Vegetables
By Donna Kostiew
I have a family of overachievers. Whether it is academics, sports, or even a game of Monopoly at home, giving 100 percent just never seems to be enough. The goal of my daughters is to always aim a little bit higher than that. So I always wonder why that effort seems to disappear at dinnertime. Why do they lack the determination of being an overachiever when the time comes to eat the veggies that I put on their plate? Why do they just sit there?
Don’t get me wrong, my daughters actually like vegetables, but they certainly don’t go back for more helpings once the first is eaten. And although it can be hard to get your family to eat the recommended amount each day, there is hope … or at the very least, a trick or two you can put up your sleeve.
Tips to Eat More Vegetables
It is often good to start tracking how many veggies are making it into your diet, so when you start using some of these tips, you can see how far you and your family have come.
- Smoothies – This is quite possibly the easiest way to get in several servings at the beginning of your day. Start with a basic green smoothie recipe and build up from there.
- Eggs – Eggs is one of the most versatile food items to cook with and is the perfect backdrop for a serving or two of veggies. Add some peppers and onions to scrambled eggs or top a slice of toast with avocado, spinach, and two eggs.
- Sandwiches – It is so easy to add some extra veggies to your sandwiches. Start off with your turkey or ham and go nuts with spinach, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado, and anything else you can think of to add.
- Soup – Soups stocked with vegetables are some of the best ways to get your family to eat them without really “knowing” how much they are consuming. So throw in those extra carrots and mushrooms to your chicken soup. Your family won’t even think twice about it.
- Salad – Having salads for dinner are obviously a great way to load up on a variety of nutritious vegetables. You can even make it fun for the whole family by setting up a “salad bar” in your home with bowls and bowls of different kinds of vegetables for them to create their own. Or, you can supersize the veggie intake by having a soup and salad dinner night. Imagine what you can get in their bellies by doing so!
Getting in your servings doesn’t have to be as tasteless as your kids make it seem. Hopefully, by establishing some healthier habits from the tips above, your family will slowly come around to being overachievers in the veggie arena too!
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