We all know the importance of consuming a variety of vegetables every day. However, if truth be told, we don’t always love their taste. It’s time to stop holding your nose to force down a Brussel sprout or avoiding vegetables altogether. Instead, amplify your health and reap the benefits of vegetables while also (gasp) enjoying your meals with these (secretly) veggie-filled dishes.
Grate zucchini or cauliflower into your morning oatmeal. You won’t taste the vegetables, I promise. However, you WILL notice how much volume they add! You’ll feel like you’re eating twice the amount of oatmeal, forgoing a large amount of calories, and starting your day with vitamins, minerals, and fiber.
Hide spinach or kale in your fruit smoothies, and you won’t taste it at all. Your body will thank you, though!
- Avocado Ice cream
This dish may be slightly cheating as avocados are technically qualified as being fruits, but with just three ingredients, it is one of my personal favorites! First, freeze an avocado. Then, throw it in a blender with some ice, milk of choice (I use almond), honey, and a sweetener of choice if you wish. Next, blend it up and enjoy a light, refreshing ice cream any time of the day!
- Cauliflower Rice
Swap noodles and rice for cauliflower and you’ll hardly notice a difference. Cauliflower is virtually tasteless, picking up the flavors of your dish without all the calories and carbs that accompany noodles. Plus, it can be found in nearly every grocery store already riced and mashed for your convenience.
Great vegetable based soups taste so good you forget they’re healthy, too. I love a good vegetable soup and squash based varieties. However, if you can’t bring yourself to commit to a full-on vegetable based meal, vegetables can be added to nearly any soup! For example, shredded carrots add lovely texture and volume to soups without contributing much (if any) taste and very few calories.
At the end of the day, vegetables are an acquired taste, but that doesn’t mean they’re bad. Use these methods to slowly incorporate them into your diet and watch in amazement as you notice changes in your skin, energy, and health. Before you know it, you’ll be addicted to vegetables! You might even learn to love them!