If you could add one small goal or action item to your healthy living game plan, make that goal to eat more plans! This is such a simple change that won’t alter your diet drastically. Think of yourself as a toddler who haaaates veggies; you have to sneak in those veggies any way you can. These tips below are easy and very sustainable – enjoy!
1: While dining out: Try splitting an entree when you’re dining out, then order an extra side or two of veggies (sans sauces and seasoning);
2: While ordering in: Ordering out for pizza? Try half & half toppings: order one half with grilled veggies like spinach/onion/mushroom/pepper & tomato, and the other half with your usual toppings. Ask for them to make it extra crispy so the veggies aren’t soft;
3: Bulk up your recipes: Give your tomato soup or Italian sauce some extra density, nutrition and flavor by adding veggies like spinach, swiss chard, green pepper, zucchini and onion;
photo source: Arby Reed
4: Be prepared: Buy ready-made, pre-washed and bagged veggies like: lettuce, spinach, broccoli/cauliflower and shredded carrots. This makes it super easy to prepare a quick salad;
5: Make Leftovers: Once a week stir-fry a large portion of your favorite veggies using your favorite oil & seasonings. Divide into several small portions that you can keep refrigerated for use during the week. These can be a topping for your favorite burger or sandwich, used as a filling for pita or tortillas, added to soups and stews or homemade pizza.
photo source: Elana Amsterdam
6: Cut the carbs: Replace bread with whole green peppers or tomatoes stuffed with tuna or egg salad;
7: Dress it up: Always keep savory dressings & dips on hand so it’s more likely you’ll reach for a salad or veggies. We rounded up some of our favorite dressings in this article on Balanced Babe.