We all know that we need to eat more vegetables, but eating salads for every meal gets so boring that we can’t keep it up anymore. Luckily for us, there are many ways to sneak vegetables into our meals, so you and your family will be satisfying not only your the rest of your body, but your taste buds as well. These are only some of the many ways that you can add some vegetables into your diet. If you’re looking for more healthy recipes, you can follow me on Pinterest (Emma Knecht). You can see the other articles that I post on there as well. Now, on to the recipes!
#1 - Cake Bars
Who doesn’t love a good carrot cake? Although the kind of cake that you will buy in stores is loaded with sugar (and probably not any actual carrots), these carrot cake bars are filled with whole ingredients, and they taste DELICIOUS. The best thing about this cake bar recipe is that it’s so adaptable to your preferred diet. The article comes with three different ways to make these bars, depending on what foods you’re trying to avoid. I made the sugar-free version earlier today, and both my mother and I adored them! The shredded carrots combined with the mild but flavorful coconut flour and creamy, sticky almond butter created a perfectly sweet and satisfying flavor. Oh, and did I mention there’s NO baking involved?
#2 - Chips
Kale is the world’s new favorite super food. You’ve probably read and heard about kale recipes a million times in the past few months. Kale is praised by health experts and recipe-makers for its variety of health benefits (Vitamin K, iron, and antioxidants to name a few). But there are only so many leafy salads that a person can eat before they get sick of the bland, dry texture and taste. Enter Kale Chips. Baking your green vegetables into crunchy chips is the perfect solution to your salad woes! There are so many different combinations for this recipe, so there is a satisfying snack for everyone.
#3 - Scrambled Eggs
It’s a good idea to start your day off right with a healthy breakfast. Eggs are an excellent breakfast option for someone looking to pack some extra protein into the most important meal of the day, but protein isn’t the only macronutrient that this recipe has to offer you. Once the vegetables are cooked along with eggs and tossed in with some feta cheese, you wouldn’t even know that you’re eating spinach for breakfast! Personally, I like to throw in some finely chopped bell peppers along with it in order to get the added benefits of Vitamin C.
#4 - Stuffed Peppers
This tasty recipe is perfect for someone looking to cut out excess carbs as well as add some healthy vegetables to their diet. Stuffed peppers are kind of like an open-faced taco, if that makes any sense. All of your ingredients are contained conveniently inside the pepper, so you don’t even need a fork! This is another recipe that you can do almost anything with. I’ve stuffed the peppers with chicken, leftover ground beef, avocado, rice, black beans, and so many other things that I’ve found around the house. With all of the different flavors combining together inside the pepper, you would barely even notice that it’s healthy!
#5 - Green Smoothies
I know, I know, you’ve read a thousand articles about putting greens in your smoothies in the morning. But hear me out, because they really are just that awesome! I went through a phase where I made a green smoothie almost every morning for weeks, and I never got tired of them. You know why? Because you can mix them with almost any kind of fruit you want! I’ve made the tropical one that you see above, but I’ve also put strawberries, bananas, blueberries, and even apples in my blender. Since spinach is such a mild flavor, you can mix it with practically anything. The only evidence that there’s a vegetable in the smoothie at all is that it’s a green color. While this may seem unappetizing, there’s something actually kind of fun about drinking a smoothie that’s bright green. Give your next breakfast a kick of antioxidants and Vitamin C by drinking your greens!