Tips for Adding Vegetables to Your Daily Diet
Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites
Healthy Benefits, Compliments of Vegetables
Vegetables not only add a healthy dose of necessary nutrition to the daily diet, they add color - so many colors that they are certain to please the most picky of Rainbow Lovers.
Well....not quite, because there is a league of Vegetable Haters existing among us, and many have long-past adolescence.
Although we can 100% guarantee the available color combination of vegetables, we can't guarantee that your little (or grown-up) Vegetable Hater will love our 'Tips for Getting Vegetables Into the Daily Diet' - but it's certainly worth a try.
Smart Healthy Tips for Vegetable Haters
For Vegetable Haters, one of the best modes of disguise is pairing fruit with the vegetables in a juicer, or by pureeing and adding to soups and stews.
While this tactic may work well for kids and those adults who desire to get more vegetables into their diet, but don't like the taste of vegetables, be sure to let the adult in on the plan before proceeding. It's never fun eating something that you just plain dislike - healthy or not.
In these situations, reaching for the multi-vitamin bottle might be part of a more palatable solution.
Rather than sticking to canned vegetables or frozen, or fresh - try an assortment as textures and tastes are much different. A good example is fresh asparagus over canned, which to us don't taste alike.
Even if a Vegetable Hater has tried canned asparagus, but has never tested out fresh asparagus - they may find a new true love.
Keep in mind that concealing vegetables with cheese, butter, sour cream and so forth brings nutritional values out of balance.
Opt for shredded vegetables in desserts and breads which add moistness and flavor without the surge of extra fat grams and calories. Here is a great bread recipe to begin with at Diet Bites. Simply omit Splenda (or sugar) and add 1 cup of shredded zucchini.
Smart Healthy Tips for Vegetable Lovers
Purchase handy bite-sized vegetables such as baby carrots which are easy to grab for snack time.
Try packing skinny vegetables into your favorite broth (carrots, celery, broccoli, squash, tomatoes, peppers, onions, garlic, chives, cauliflower, baby spinach).
Many vegetables shred well such as zucchini, yellow squash, cabbage, lettuce and carrots to create delicious salads.
Adding dried fruits, chopped fruit, hulled sunflower seeds, hulled pumpkin seeds and nuts to salads add flavor and an additional boost of nutrition.
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