Me Fitness Nutritionist, Krista Barlow gives us her 5 tips for adding more veggies.
Use lettuce instead of bread or tortillas.
Next time you go make a sandwich, hamburger, taco, or wrap consider using lettuce to up the ante on your nutrition. Lettuce is a low-calorie option and great way to add more vitamin K and folate to your plate. Try butter leaf lettuce for tuna salad or chicken salad and hearts of romaine are a great tortilla replacement fir tacos and wraps!
Add veggies to the top shelf of your fridge.
Vegetables can easily get pushed to the back of the fridge and become easily forgotten, out of sight out of mind. But when you put them front and center where you will see them, you will remember them!
Wash and prepare your vegetables right when you get home from the store.
After a long day of work, prepping veggies may not be what you are into. Washing and prepping takes time, but if you are already having your veggies ready to go you can easily toss them in a steamer, a saute pan or roaster for a delicious dinner.
Eat vegetables for breakfast.
Frittatas, omelets, smoothies, hash, and more are opportunities to up the veg! Whether leftover veggies from the night previous or some of those already prepped veggies, toss them in a quick scramble or reheat them and put an egg on top for a veggie-rich start to your day.
Substitute the dippers!
Instead of using pita, chips, cracker, or bread, grab chopped veggies to dip into hummus, bean dip, or guacamole. Great veggies dippers include red bell pepper, cucumbers, jicama, zucchini, carrots, celery, and mushroom.
If you’re looking to get your nutrition on track this year, check out Krista’s offerings here.