I don’t love vegetables… and I’m a Dietitian?!
I don’t love vegetables.
And I am sure I’m not alone on this. Yes, they are nutritious (packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants!) but it may seem like a chore to get your 7-8 servings of vegetables & fruit daily.
So how can you increase your intake? Here are some tips that I have used to increase my intake & I hope you find them helpful too!
Experiment! I have found that trying a vegetable various ways (raw, with different dips, roasted, steamed, sauteed, grilled on the BBQ, stir-fried, the list goes on and on) let’s you figure out which way you prefer a vegetable. (Even ones you may have thought you did not like 😉 ). For example, I do not care for raw carrots but roasting carrots bring out their sweetness and make them much more enjoyable.
This picture also features my favourite way to eat portobello mushrooms which I plan to share during BBQ season 🙂
Added fats! Including a small amount of a healthy fat source on your vegetables – such as salad dressing made with a heart healthy oil, avocado, seeds and nuts – will help your body absorb some of the fat-soluble vitamins (like vitamin A, D, E & K) and make your veggies much more tasty.
Be sneaky! Add vegetables to some of your favourite dishes.
- Heat some chopped veggies in a skillet until tender. Add pasta sauce a heat until sauce and veggies have warmed through. Serve on top of your favourite pasta dish.
- Put some cooked cauliflower into a food processor and mash into your mashed potatoes.
- Add a small handful of spinach to your smoothie (I promise you won’t taste it 🙂 )
- Toss in diced veggies as you cook your omelet.
- Grate zucchini into oatmeal prior to cooking
I would love to hear some of your favourite ways to include (or sneak) more veggies in your diet as I’m an up and coming Owen Sound Dietitian.