Ways to Add More Vegetables to Your Diet
By Donna Stark
For some people, they need to make the change because their doctor recommended it, and for others, it's more about improving their overall health and increasing their daily energy levels. But no matter what the reason is behind the change, you can't go wrong by adding more vegetables to your diet. Vegetables are a great source of vitamins, minerals, and protein. We all need them but many of us don't know how to incorporate them into our meals. If you need some ideas on how to turn your dinners into veggie-friendly feasts, keep reading!
If you are looking for an easy meal to swap out your meat for some extra vegetables, look no further than tacos. Simply grab a can of beans (refried, black, or pinto), some tortillas, and all your favorite toppings and start building the taco of your dreams. You won't even miss your usual beef or chicken because the flavor of the beans will be sure to satisfy you.
Chili and Soup
Two easy meals that can pack a nutritional punch with all the vegetables you include are chili and soup. Again, grab that can of beans at the grocery store along with some vegetable broth and start modifying your recipes at home, or get creative and come up with something on your own! With the variety of vegetables you can find at the store, your meal options are endless. But the best part about chili and soup is that you can make a double batch to freeze for later!
You can always add as many vegetables to your spaghetti sauce as you like, but if you really want to increase your intake of them, skip the pasta and make some zucchini noodles instead. Or top your spaghetti squash with your vegetable-laden sauce as well!
Fried rice is a favorite of so many people and is the perfect dish to experiment with extra veggies. Typically, this dish always contains peas and carrots but you can try adding in some snap peas, asparagus, broccoli, cabbage, bell pepper, and corn too!
Stuffing your bell peppers with whatever you like inside is one of the easiest ways to create a healthy meal for your family. Start with some brown rice or quinoa and add black beans, corn, tomatoes, eggplant, and even spinach! Top it off with some tomato sauce and shredded cheese for a hearty meal.
A Vegetable-Filled Diet
By adding more vegetables to your diet, you can make an immediate impact on your overall health and wellness and you may even notice a tremendous difference in your energy levels! So start today and get cooking!
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