It’s no secret that vegetables are good for you. Many are packed full of helpful nutrients and vitamins and even anti-oxidants. As well as this, some veg can even help you lose weight by purely filling you up so you don't feel hungry anymore. Most of them are very low in calories too.
Sadly a lot of people get nowhere near as many vegetables as they need, even some of my online coaching clients find it challenging to include vegetables in every meal. Another reason you may want to have those veggies in your diet is that they provide fiber that is important for your digestion.
Besides all the salad, roast and sauteed opton you probably already know, there are ways to trick your mind and have more vegetables in your diet, even if you think you don't like them as much.
1. Try Veg Instead Of Grains
You might have a lot of grains in your diet. But, if you switch that to vegetables, then you can immediately reduce your calorie intake that will help you stay in calorie deficit and achieve your weight loss goals faster.
For instance, you can use cauliflower or courgette instead of sides like spaghetti or rice. Many of these options are available from supermarket shelves ready to be used. You can also make pizza crust from cauliflower instead of flour.
2. Love To Bake?
Why not think about adding some veg to create extra flavour and a little more nutrition? You can put veg in anything but we suggest baking it into banana bread for an extra punch in every bite. Or, even those yummy muffins that you can’t resist.
Some of London's specialist cakery shops or patisseries will have vegetable based cakes, that use carrots, courgette or other veg within the sponge. Keep an eyen on your portions and how often you have these cakes as many of them are high in calories.
3. Add Grated Veg To More Meals
Have you ever thought about making your own meaty treats? Making burgers is fun and a great way to make sure that they are not filled with fat like the ones that you can buy. You can definitely add some veg to this like carrots or really any veg you like. By doing this, you’ll once again give that food more nutritional value and you can do it with virtually any meat dish you like from meatloaf to meatballs.
You don’t just have to stop with the meat though. You can also think about adding it to everything from potatoes to sauces and even rice. It won’t just make the meal healthier, it will make it more interesting. If you constantly find that your meals just aren’t that inspired, this could be the answer.
4. Make Your Food Yummy
One of the reasons why we eat so little veg is that we think it’s either plain or doesn’t taste nice. Well, this isn’t true but it does depend on your taste preferences. You should start by trying a few different types of veg to discover which one suits you.
Then, you can add the veg to different foods. For instance, you can try everything from egg plans to chopped peppers. You can add some herbs and spices to make the veg more appealing too. Don’t just start off with plain veg by themselves.
If you are reluctant to experiment in your own kitchen, every now and then try some of M&S, Morrison's or Waitrose's own ready made salads. You will soon find out that not all salads are created equal en a little beetroot, pomegranate or even grapes can make a world of difference.
5. Try A Veg Spread, It Might Surprise You
You might want to think about trying spreadable veg rather than the typical condiments. One possibility would be to puree carrot and use it as a spread mixed with ginger root. This could add a zesty new life to a whole range of meat sandwiches.
Again, if you don't feel you have the skills to make your own, look around in the hummus/dips/spread section of your local supermarket. Pea and spinach, beetroot and other veg combinations in a spread can serve as great sandwhih fillers or even dips for your favourite crunchy snack.
Take this advice and you should have no trouble adding more veg to your diet when you’re trying to lose weight. Start with one and see what you think. I guarantee at least one of these will change your take on vegetables.
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