- Provide a concentrated source of nutrition for less calories - lots of vitamins and minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients (different ones for different colors), and fiber.
- Fill you up because of their high water and fiber content so you may not need to eat as much of your main course.
Ways to get your veggies in:
- Start your meal off with a cup of vegetable soup (try our Autumn Vegetable Soup) or a fresh garden salad.
- Have veggies with your favorite dip (I love guacamole, hummus, and plain Greek yogurt with a seasoning blend) as a mid-afternoon snack or to nosh on while prepping for dinner.
- Zucchini, carrots, onions and bell peppers can be grated and easily "hidden" in marinara sauce, meatloaf, quick breads and/or cookies.
- Chop or finely dice just about any vegetable and mix it into rice, quinoa, and couscous without anyone noticing (try our Cranberry Pecan Quinoa Pilaf).
- Blend your veggies into other foods - try subbing half your potatoes for well-steamed cauliflower when making mashed potatoes; puree roasted or steamed veggies to put into a creamy soup (try our Roasted Butternut Squash and Cauliflower Soup).
- Add some broccoli slaw and greens to your lunchtime wrap along with meat and cheese to boost the flavor and crunch.
- Section off half your plate at dinner and load it up with fresh steamed or roasted veggies.
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