Sneaky Ways To Eat (And Love) Veggies

Were you the child that turned up their nose to broccoli? Are you the adult that cringes at the thought of brussels sprouts?

Well, fear the almighty veggies no more! Our bodies are meant to eat them and there are many reasons why—a few quite worth noting.  

Fibre  

Vegetables are full of fibre and most adults need around 25-30 grams each day. Fibre is known to be protective against heart disease, effective at lowering cholesterol, beneficial for stabilising blood sugar, promoting fullness after eating, and improving digestion. If that’s not a list of superpowers, we’re not sure what is.

Antioxidants

It gets even better—veggies are also a great source of antioxidants. You usually hear this about berries and citrus fruit, but dark leafy greens and orange foods like carrots are also on the list. In fact, antioxidants in kale and red cabbage have been shown to lower cholesterol and blood sugar. For long term health, you want a diet packed with these disease-preventing little guys.

Vitamins and Minerals

You can get several minerals and more than half of the essential vitamins from veggies alone—vitamins C, K, and A are especially easy to get. Now that’s a good foundation for a healthy diet.

We should aim for 5 serves of veggies a day.  So, the question we should be asking with every meal:

 

"How can I fit just one more veggie into this recipe?"

Whether it’s simply an onion, a handful of fresh herbs, a zucchini or another carrot—just pack it in!

Here are some tips and tricks to make you a veggie eating pro:

  1. Always blend leafy greens into a smoothie to sneak in a serve.

  2. Make vegetable soups—a super delicious and easy way to cook up every variety under the sun.

  3. Chop and roast them up. Everything tastes delicious when roasted with a bit of olive oil and spices.

  4. Hide veggies like carrots, celery, tomatoes, sweet potato, diced beetroot, leek, and garlic in veggie pasta bolognese recipes. You can even make your noodles out of zucchinis!

  5. Layer them into baked lasagne.

  6. Serve a side salad whenever possible. Just find a healthy dressing that you like and it’ll be a cinch. Use sliced tomatoes, cucumber, radish, shredded cabbage, red onion, fresh parsley…the options are endless.

  7. Layer your sandwiches with tomato, lettuce, sprouts, cucumber, and grated carrot.

  8. Think in colour and eat the rainbow. Veggies give your food colour, so aim to get a variety into every meal you eat.

Need some appetising inspiration? Try these recipes out to get you started.

Enjoy those super-powered plants in your next meal!