This week's blog post is brought to you by our guest blogger, Evelyn Luu. Evelyn is a senior at UCLA and brings a bright new perspective to how Get Z looks at eating their veggies.
Vegetables are rich in nutrients and antioxidants that have several health benefits including reducing the risk of heart disease, some types of cancer, and lower blood pressure. We can all agree that vegetables are key to a healthy diet and lifestyle. However, sometimes eating salads can get boring and tough. Here are 7 fun ways you could incorporate vegetables into your diet so that you never get sick of eating them:
Smoothies are like a magical potion that masks all taste of veggie with a pleasant sweetness. My personal favorite vegetable to add to smoothies is spinach because of its subtle taste making it so you can add a giant handful and not taste a thing. If you’re tired of gnawing on vegetables, drink them instead!
Cauliflower rice contains an abundance of nutrients and tastes almost as good as normal rice! Especially when it’s a part of a Mediterranean Cauliflower Rice Bowl that would taste great with an Appleton’s Market Sundried Tomato Basil Power Veggie Bite sprinkled on top. Another meal packed with vegetables that is more exciting than an average salad.
I get it, potato chips are really really good. But kale chips are also really really good. Swapping out unhealthy snacks for vegetables would be another way to incorporate more veggies in your diet. Carrots and hummus, celery with peanut butter, and air fried carrot sticks are just some examples of delicious vegetable snacks. Of course, a Power Veggie Bite packed with veggies is another amazing option. At first they may not taste as satisfying as a greasy potato chip, but it takes 20 days to form a habit and your body will thank you for it!
Crunchy romaine lettuce tastes fresh and is a fun way to spice up the usual wraps or sandwiches. Replace a tortilla or bread with lettuce to get a crisp and refreshing taste along with more nutrients. My favorite lettuce wraps include turkey, crumbled Appleton's Market Power Veggie Bites, hummus, and tomato.
Along the same lines as smoothies, if you don’t want to eat it, drink it! Vegetable soups are such a cozy and warm way to eat veggies. You can either blend up a bunch of veggies, perhaps even throw in an Appleton’s Market Veggie Power Bite, to create a delicious puree and soften them up in your favorite broth.
Stir frys are one of my favorite ways to use up the extra vegetables I have in my fridge at the end of the week. A mish mash of my favorite greens sauteed together in the sauce of my choice (love General Tsos) served with cauliflower rice. It’s such a healthy and quick, nourishing meal.
Don’t forget about your frozen vegetables! Appleton’s Market Power Veggie Bites are stored in the freezer and only take 1 minute to heat up, turning a frozen food into a delicious meal. If you're in a time crunch but want something flavorful and nutritious, pop a veggie bite into the microwave and be on your way!