10 Ways to Sneak Vegetables into Your Family's Diet

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"I scream, You scream, We all scream for.... VEGETABLES?!".... Okay, not quite, but possibly the chant of your sweet littles after today's AHHHMAZING teaching! Today we're sharing a fun article + podcast on cost effective and CREATIVE ways to sneak vegetables into your family's diet. These tips are perfect for your husband, your children, and yes... even YOURSELF! Buckle down, sister it's time to get your VEGGIE CRAZE ON!

       10 Ways to Sneak Vegetables in Your Family's Diet

  1. SMOOTHIES!

    • Smoothies are an excellent way to sneak in extra vegetables with minimal to no taste of the add-ins! Try sneaking in a handful (or two!) of spinach into every smoothie you make. Other veggies that are TOTALLY smoothie compatible include: kale, carrots, celery, and avocado!

  2. Sauces, Soups, and Marinades

    • Incorporating veggies into sauces, soups, and marinades is an excellent way to get extra greens + colors into your diet. Our favorites include: mushrooms, onions, peppers, celery, zucchini, and carrots! These veggies are great for a variety of meals and add great texture and flavor!

  3. Use Spices when cooking ---- NO BLAND. (#ewww as Jimmy Fallon would say ;) )

  4. Cook with them- non negotiable

    • Cooking with vegetables is an absolute non-negotiable. Look for ways to add vegetables to your meals by sautéing, broiling, grilling, and pairing veggies with your favorite meals.

  5. Prep, Cut, Prepare

    • The second you unload the groceries from the store (okay.. maybe a few minutes after), take time to wash, cut, and prepare vegetables. Have them readily available and at eye level. You'll be more prone to grab a handful of veggies versus chips if they are cut up and ready to munch on.

  6. Have your children "chose"

    • For my momma's with littles- give your child a "perceived sense of control" by allowing him/her to select healthy vegetables from the store AND by allowing him/her to chose which vegetables (i.e carrots or cucumbers) for lunch or dinner.

  7. Use veggies as substation (i.e. zoodles, spiraled salads, etc)

    • Using a spiral slicer is an excellent way to replace noodles with "zoodles" (or zucchini noodles) and can be used as a fun alternative for traditional salads!

  8. Buy in SEASON!

    • Buying in season is an excellent way to not only budget your produce bill, but also a great way to get the tastiest, juiciest, and flavorful veggies on tap!

  9. Have fun with the presentation!

    • With a million ideas on Pinterest, there's no reason not to have a little fun with presenting healthy foods in a fun + playful manner! Think teddy bear toast, bird feather veggie platters, and SO MUCH MORE. Let your heart run wild girl. Your kids will be SO impressed!

  10. Go raw. Nix the canned.

    • Get in the habit of consuming the majority of your vegetables in their raw form. This means nixing veggies straight from the can and/or frozen vegetables. Although these options are not awful, the best nutritional opportunity will come from vegetables in their purest form.

Now get it, girl! PS- don't forget to catch this article and more of my commentary on the Blossoming Mommy and Baby Show HERE! 

xoxo,

Jennifer