This week, I figured that I would continue on that theme of veggies and talk about the sneaky little ways that you get add more veg into your life.

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Last week, I wrote in the blog about what a serving of veggies is and how to get 5 servings in a day. If you haven’t read it, then it is definitely worth the read as the information will surprise you.

This little tips are perfect for the busy life, and even better if you have some fussy eaters in the house…

I try and use at least one of these methods a day, if not more. The green veggie soup that I made a couple of night ago is a perfect example of ways to sneak in some extra veggies.

 

I definitely have to thank my mum for many of these little life hacks. We lived in rural Australia when I was a little girl and because we were so isolated, the quality of the produce was not that great. Of the fresh veggies that we did get, many of them were either bruised or already showing the signs of being old. A lot of the time, we used frozen veggies and although they are nutritionally sound, they don’t always taste that great to a little kid. So my mum would “hide” the veggies into our food so that my siblings and I wouldn’t realise that we were eating them.

Fast forward 20 years and I am still using some of her methods to include more veggies into my life:

    • Grate carrot and/or zucchini into your pasta sauce. It thickens the mixture and you cannot taste the veggies at all.

 

    • When making a smoothie, add a handful of spinach. If you have plenty of fruit in it already, you won’t be able to taste the greens.

 

    • Grate beets into chocolate cakes/brownies/anything chocolate! Beets and chocolate go great together.

 

    • When making a cake, grate a zucchini into it. It makes it really moist.

 

    • When making an omelette, add some diced veggies like sweet potato, peppers or mushrooms. It adds more veggies and flavour!

 

    • Add diced tomatoes to scrambled eggs.

 

    • After you have pulled your pizza from the oven, put a thin layer of salad greens on top. This gives the pizza a fresher taste.

 

    • Make a cheesy bake with veggies (kind of like this one) to serve with dinner. Cut your vegetables into bite sized pieces and lay in a baking dish, cover with a simple cheese sauce (like this one) and bake in an oven at 180°C/35o°F. This was my favourite meal as a kid!

 

    • Substitute crackers for raw veggies. This is perfect for hummus or seven layer dip.

 

    • In the winter months, always have some vegetable soup on hand. They are an easy way to get your veggie intake and keep you warm.

 

    • One of my favourite things to do at the moment is to cut up cucumber and carrots, and eat them with a honey dijon mustard dressing.  You don’t have to eat veggies with just dip.

 

    • Cut up some parsnips, carrots and/or sweet potatoes, then roast them in the oven. The roasting makes them really sweet and they are a great snack between meals.

 

    • Try making some savoury pancakes instead of the regular sweet ones. My corn pancakes are great with tomato salsa.

 

These are my top 13 ways to sneak more veggies into your life.

 

Do you do any of these tips? Do you have any extra tips that you would like to share? Let me know in the comments section below. And if you like this post, don’t forget to share it with your friends.

Have a great week,

Olivia xx

 

 

 

 

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