It is not groundbreaking news that vegetables are amazing for you. You can’t have enough, and each vegetable packs its own nutritional punch. Aim for a variety of colours to get all the nutrients in. I’ve listed some of the best ways to sneakily increase your intake of vegetables, in case you know you’re not getting enough but don’t want to just eat sad salad.
This is not a new concept, but it’s actually really easy to get this into your meals. I’m not necessarily suggesting you totally substitute pasta for courgetti, but maybe add it in to your bowl so you can have half and half. It is more economical to buy a spiraliser online and then make it yourself, but if you’re really short on time you can buy ready-made courgetti from virtually every supermarket chain nowadays. I also love alternative pastas, such as Liberto’s Edamame Spaghetti – it tastes so good and packs a serious protein punch!
- Cauliflower rice
This is another veg alternative that is becoming increasingly mainstream. However, I actually think it tastes really good – I tend to make egg fried ‘rice’ with it and pack in spring onions, some peas, and some meat/plant-based protein of your choice. I’m not sure you’ll see me trying out cauliflower pizza bases anytime soon (how can that even compare to a pizza?! Does it?!), but this is another fab way to sneak some more veg into your diet.
- Put courgettes in your oats
I know, this sounds really weird, but you honestly can’t taste it. Just grate some courgette into your morning bowl of oats – this has the added bonus of upping the volume of the meal, making you feel fuller even longer.
- Buy mini snack packs of vegetables (carrots, cucumber etc) and a dip if you like
I am such a sweet snacker, but I’ve recently been trying to up my savoury snacks in order to reach the golden 10-a-day. It would be best both for the environment (minimise the amount of plastic you buy) and your wallet if you meal-prep this. Just buy a whole load of carrots or cucumbers, chop them up and then divide them into tupperware for you to bring with you to work/school/uni everyday. Trust me, you’ll be glad you’ve done this as they save the day when you’re getting a little hangry and are becoming more inclined to eat just about anything in sight.
Another amazing fruity snack are ready-to-buy ones – I love Emily’s Veg Crisps and Clearly Scrumptious’ Scrummies (they do delicious apple flavoured cranberries and raisins and Dried Strawberries, which my sister swears by – I’m not the biggest strawberry fan but she loves them!).
- Freeze chopped bananas
This changed my life. I know that sounds dramatic, but it really does make the biggest difference. Just pop frozen bananas in a blender, add some almond milk and cacao powder if you want a chocolatey taste, and the bananas will magically turn into a frozen yoghurt/ice cream consistency. And it tastes incredible! So naturally sweet and satisfying – this is perfect when I’m craving a whole tub of ice cream.
I hope these ideas have helped you – I know some are quite obvious but they can’t really be repeated enough. Fruit and vegetables are so important and most people don’t get enough daily, so make an effort to include them in your diet as much as you can! Do you have any other inventive ideas for upping your fruit and veg intake?
Disclaimer: I was kindly provided with some products from Clearly Scrumptious And Liberto. All thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own and not influenced by the company or its affiliates in any way.