Nutrition for Weight Loss Eating Vegetables the Easy Way
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How many vegetables do you eat? Can you count them on one hand? Whether it is the taste, texture, or some memory from childhood that holds you or your family back from eating vegetables it is recommended to fill half your plate of them per day for healthy nutrition. Most days I eat between 8-9 servings of veggies. I have found many quick and easy ways of eating vegetables that have worked well in my family. When you are looking at nutrition for weight loss getting in more vegetables is important so hopefully some of these tips help yofruu as well.
Eating Vegetables 4 Easy Ways
I try to eat raw vegetables every day. There are added benefits to eating them raw compared to cooked. I personally dip them in salsa now with just a 1/2 tsp of Greek ranch, but there are many things you can use as dip.
Raw vegetables are super easy to grab and eat if you do a little prep ahead of time. On the weekends I cut up a whole cauliflower, broccoli, cucumber, and zucchini for the week ahead.
I soak them in 3 parts vinegar and 1 part water. I let them soak for about 15 minutes, and dry them really really well. Then I put each into their own vegetable storage container and cover with paper towels and the lid before putting in the fridge. I do use Rubbermaid Produce Saver Food Storage Container that I have found keep them the longest which for me is about a week. Here is a picture of them along with my link to them on Amazon.
Each morning when I am preparing my breakfast I make my container for the day with the salsa inside so that I can have for a snack even if on the go. It helps to have them so I don’t grab chips or crackers instead. I also have a couple healthier dipping options in my recipes. Below is a video of me sharing that tip on Facebook.
Salads are also a super easy way to eat raw vegetables. Just throw them all together and eat. You can keep them in the above container or in mason jars for the week ahead. You can cut up all the items ahead of time over the weekends or buy already prepared bags and dump them in your plate.
Just keep in mind the bagged ones will cost you more money. It is the cost of added convenience. I have found them on sale at times though. Here is a page full of salads to check out if you are looking for new and different ways to have salad. There are almost enough to eat a different one for every day for 3 months.
Typically canned soups have quite a bit of sodium and preservatives to keep them from spoiling so if you can I would advise making your own. It can be as easy as adding ingredients to some vegetable or chicken stock or going with a recipe.
You can add more vegetables then the recipe calls for or use what you have on hand. Soups are pretty versatile like salads are. I’ve even taken salads we made for dinner and added frozen spinach to beef up the vegetables for me.
You can have soup for lunch, dinner, snack, or even before you have dinner as an appetizer. I have over 20 different soup recipes here on my site that would help you in eating vegetables. Check them out with the link below.
Shakes and Smoothies
Another easy way of eating vegetables daily is by adding them to shakes and smoothies. There are many vegetables that have barely any kind of taste or are hidden with the taste of other things.
I have found spinach to be one that works really well in my daily shake I have for lunch. It is a healthy meal or snack replacement and is super nutritious. You can check it out here.
I’m pretty picky about the supplements and shakes I put in my body since I’m a cancer survivor. I’m scared to death it will come back. So I have to make sure they are pure and plant-based.
There are so many things out there too so if you would like a recommendation let me know I would be happy to help! I personally have chocolate and add peanut butter, almond milk, frozen banana and spinach, but there are many other combinations and flavors you can try. Just start with one and keep adding until you have changed the taste too much.
7 More Easy Ways for Eating Vegetables
- Try 1 new vegetable per week. When you have made your rounds with all that you will try circle back and try one cooked in a different way. There is a different taste between a raw carrot and a roasted carrot. Many vegetables will taste different when cooked differently.
- Put vegetables at eye level in the fridge and on your shelves. Make them readily accessible instead of behind things. Having them washed and prepared as I mentioned earlier really helps too.
- Buy Frozen since usually, they are ready in 6 minutes or less and pretty economical to give a try.
- Try adding them to your water. I know this may sound weird, but I’ve seen many people have cucumbers in their water. I did a series on How to Drink More Water and had one blog on Enhancers and Infusers you should check out for ideas. Check it out here: Enhancing and Infusing .
- Eat your vegetables first. When you are hungry you tend to be ok with eating things that are not your favorite so eat them and save your favorite part of the meal for last.
- Eat a small bite of vegetables while eating something you really enjoy. Try dipping a carrot or green bean in your mashed potatoes or wrapping asparagus in bacon (yes really).
- Make kabobs and grill-doesn’t everything taste better outside on the grill? So why not try eating vegetables this way too!
Maybe you get in your servings each day, but your kids shy away from eating vegetables. Allow kids to pick out a vegetable each week to try. Let them help clean, cut, and prepare them. Most importantly always offer them at each meal and let them see you eating them.
Tomorrow I will be sharing some unique and sneaky ways to get in your vegetables. What is your favorite way of eating vegetables?
Here is the recording of the live video version of this blog I did on Facebook: