There are quite a few ways to implement more vegetables in your daily routine, even if you’re not a veggie-loving, garden-fanatic, green machine.
1. Stock your fridge
First and foremost, stock your fridge! Frequently visit the farmers market or grocery store to grab your favorite veggies. The farmers market is a great resource to experiment with new options. You never know what you like until you try it! Stock your freezer too. That way, you’re ready when you run out of fresh produce, and always have a backup plan for last minute meals.
2. Prep before putting away
Before you shove those fresh greens to the back of the fridge, saying “I’ll prep it later,” spare a few minutes. Wash, cut and prep them to be used when the time comes. Let’s be honest, nine times out of 10, you’re more likely to reach for an easy, unhealthy meal. By prepping in advance, healthy meals become easy when you’re hungry. Placement is crucial too. Be sure to put those sliced and diced items on the top shelves, in the front of your fridge. They’ll be the first things you see and grab!
3. Begin at the beginning of your day
Rule #1 for starting any new habit is implementing it at the start your day. Greens are a yummy addition to a breakfast smoothie. Trying adding onions, mushrooms, broccoli and spinach to omelets or scrabbled eggs. Find your ideal combination! By adding vegetables to the most important meal of the day, you are more likely to stick to your diet the rest of the day.
4. Spice it up
Spice up your plate! Keep a verity of herbs and spices around to throw in your salads, smoothies and dishes. Fresh herbs not only provide amazing flavor, but great nutritional benefits as well!
5. Replace starches
Instead of choosing starches for your wraps, sandwiches or burgers, try replacing them with lettuce or kale. It’s a simple and effective swap, yet still so delicious! Your regular old potato chips are easily replaceable by sweet potato or kale chips. You can even bake your own to save money!