Eating healthily is something that plenty of us strive for but often struggle to achieve. With scientific evidence detailing why eating healthily is important, we feel confident some people are reading this and beyond who are considering how they too can begin to eat healthier. Whether you have decided on doing this as part of a New Year’s resolution or simply want to implement more fruit and veg into your diet, eating healthy can feel like a challenge at the best of times.
However, with this in mind, there are innovative ways that you can sneak more veggies into your diet, and in ways that even the pickiest of eaters would not notice! Read on to discover ways to sneak veggies into meals, and go forth with the confidence that your diet will gradually improve, but without you really noticing.
- Cook Them In Your Favorite Dishes
It goes without saying, but we all have a favorite meal. Whether it is a favored childhood dish or something that you have grown fond of in your adult years, this is something to think about when looking to sneak more veggies into your meals. Hiding vegetables in your favorite dishes will mean that you are eating healthier and enjoying something that you like eating. Naturally, you will need to consider whether the dish you are hiding vegetables in is best suited for this type of thing – no one wants vegetables in their chocolate pudding! – but ultimately, this is worth considering.
At the same time, you should think about the types of vegetables you include in these dishes. Hiding vegetables that you almost like in your favorite meals is standard practice; the last thing you want is to ruin your favorite meal by putting in something you cannot stand. By seamlessly incorporating complementary vegetables into your meals, you are sure to fool even the pickiest of tastebuds, all without them realizing!
Chopping your vegetables into smaller, finer chunks is also recommended when adding them to dishes, whether they are your favorite or not. Smaller chunks of vegetables will be trickier to notice for those eating and will blend into the rest of the dish around it. What more could you want?
- Experiment With Recipes and Cooking Techniques
Experimenting with recipes and cuisines is something else that people do when looking to incorporate more fruit and vegetables into their diet and is certainly worth mentioning in this list. Choosing unique and experimental recipes that you would like to try and using this to inject more vegetables into your diet is sure to work and is also a fun way of doing so.
However, with that being the case, some people might look at these recipes and wonder how best to go about them without making it obvious they are adding more vegetables to their diets. With questions surrounding how to roast beets and other vegetables, it is easy to fall into a stupor concerning these types of cooking methods and how best to undertake them. That being said, there are plenty of resources out there tailored to this type of thing, created with experimentation in mind.
You might find yourself wondering where best to find these experimental recipes while also mulling over whether you have the time to complete a task like this. Social media has a plethora of different recipes, each tailored to different food groups. What’s more, you are sure to find recipes that are best suited for those who work a full-time job, who might struggle to find the time to cook.
- Blend It Up
If you or someone in your household are particularly fussy when it comes to vegetables, you might find it a bit trickier to hide them in meals. It often feels like fussy people have a sixth sense for when something in their meal shouldn’t be there and can easily pick out the added vegetables. With this in mind, blending the vegetables up is certainly worth consideration. You can be upfront about what is in there but add in flavorsome products to take away the taste of the vegetables that are in there.
Creating soup is one way to use up vegetables and add them to your diet and can easily be frozen in portions for a quick and easy meal in the future. At the same time, you could also combine our previous section with this one and create a juice with vegetables to consume. Having a juice filled with fruit and vegetables will ensure you are getting all the important nutrients you need but in a different format! Add some flavorful items to your juice, and you are sure to fool the veggie haters in your life and successfully trick them into eating more of them!
- Serve Them As An Accompaniment
Having a side dish for a meal is something that plenty of us do, whether dining at home or out at a restaurant. While some people reading this and beyond might turn their nose up at the idea of ordering a salad or other vegetable-based dish as a side, this is also a great way to sneak veggies into meals. Linking back to our previous points, you would be able to combine what you are eating with your main meal, complimenting the dish while adding some nutrients to your diet too.
You could also go further than this regarding cooking at home and add vegetables to your salads during the warmer months. There are plenty of salad vegetables out there that make a great accompaniment to any salad dish, which are sure to convert veggie haters into lovers! Implementing this technique when trying to sneak veggies into meals moving forward is worth thinking about, as well as the others mentioned here.
While we understand it can be quite the task to undertake, we hope you leave us with some idea of how to increase the number of vegetables in your diet moving forward. No matter why you intend to do something like this, go forward with the confidence that what you are doing will pay off!